Are you sick and tired of working late every night? Read this guide! We have 5 productivity hacks to help you leave the office by 5 PM every night. Take a look!
If you’re not in the mood to read another productivity article, we implore you to keep reading.
Well, this is no ordinary productivity article. I’ll explain how to leave the office by 5 PM every night. A lot of people seem to think that making it home for dinner is impossible, but it’s not.
Sure, you’ll still have to fight off distractions, but arming yourself with these hacks will get you through anything.
So, check out these productivity tips, apply them, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you leave the office by 5 PM.
It’s time to take back your time and maximize your work-life balance.
1. Create a Reminder Board
Not everyone does well using a planner or sticky notes to remind themselves of things, which is why it’s a good idea to think outside of the box.
One hack is to keep a reminder board at your desk. It can be a dry erase board or a corkboard, whatever you prefer.
The idea is to write down your tasks and short reminders to reference throughout the day.
You’ll obviously want to jot down your meeting schedules and due dates. But, you should also include which supervisors to check in with on each project. That way, you won’t waste time trying to track down the right person.
Remember to update it regularly. Otherwise, it won’t serve its purpose.
Keeping a reminder board will help you focus and remember little tasks. The small tasks may not seem like a big deal, but they can quickly add up and drain hours from your day.
Prevent that from happening by implementing this creative hack!
2. Limit Your Meetings to 30 Minutes
Some companies let their meetings run for hours. However, many efficiency experts recommend shortening all meetings to 30 minutes.
Here’s the reasoning behind this theory (it’s very simple):
No meeting needs to be longer than 30 minutes! Most of the time, you can touch on all of the necessary points in less than 15 minutes!
So, regardless of whether you’re in charge or not, suggest holding shorter meetings.
If you’re a lower-level employee and you’re afraid of looking rude, mention that you’ve already accomplished some of the tasks of the meeting itinerary. That way, you won’t have to talk about it for more than a minute or two!
You may be pleasantly surprised when the meeting ends up being shorter!
Furthermore, when you schedule meetings for yourself, only book them for 30 minutes on your calendar. That way, you can dip out on-time by saying, “Okay, I’ve got to catch another meeting,” and go on with your day.
It’ll make a world of difference when you’re trying to leave the office by 5 PM.
3. Make the Most of “Hidden” Hours
Do you have a long commute to the office? It’s a bummer right?
Well, there’s actually an upside. A long commute is a huge chunk of time that you can use to get work done.
Try scheduling a meeting on the road, or prepare for your presentation on the train. Just be sure not to get distracted. After all, your safety is always more important than work.
But here’s the point:
It’s incredible how many hours are “hidden” throughout the workday.
A few more ways to find time are by chit-chatting less or spending less time checking emails.
Make it your mission to identify and eliminate all time-wasting activities, and you’ll have time to spare before the workday ends!
4. Hire a “Task Deputy”
Okay, so you don’t actually have to hire someone to help you stay on track.
But, asking someone to keep you accountable will help you go the extra mile. A “task deputy” can be just about anyone, from a supervisor to a colleague.
Simply ask them if they’ll nudge you back to work whenever you’re getting off task. If there’s another person in the office who struggles with procrastination, you could even do the same for them. The two of you can hold each other accountable and help each other get more done.
To take this idea one step further, set up a system where, if one of you procrastinates past a specific date, you must pay the other person five bucks. That’ll undoubtedly get you back on track!
5. Turn on Some Tunes
We understand that not everyone can listen to music while they work.
Despite that, you should note that experts say listening to music at work can improve performance. Specifically, it helps to boost creativity and improve the listener’s mood.
Therefore, if you listen to music while you work, the ideas will start flowing, and you’ll be able to tune out all of the stress in your life. Then, you can focus all of your attention on the task at hand.
So, if you’re having a bad day and it’s affecting your performance, turn on some music!
To figure out a type of music that works best for you, experiment with a few different styles.
Perhaps listening to classical music is a better fit since you won’t be distracted by lyrics. Once you find the perfect playlist, your productivity will skyrocket, and you’ll leave the office at a reasonable hour.
It may seem challenging at first, but leaving the office by 5 isn’t impossible. By implementing these hacks, you’ll get there in no time.
Before you know it, you’ll be leaving the office with plenty of time to make it home for dinner. Not only that, but you’ll feel better knowing you accomplished a lot more during the day.
There are always ways to improve productivity and help your day run smoother. So, stay on the lookout for potential roadblocks and address them ahead of time.
By staying on your toes and learning new hacks along the way, you’ll be able to handle anything that threatens to make you work late!
About the Author
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over 10 years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Dwell The Statesider on a daily basis to help them with their marketing efforts.