For many of us, the end of the workday is about quickly finishing a few final tasks, beating traffic and maybe saying goodbye on our way out the door.
While those aren’t bad things (who wants to be stuck in traffic?), just like with mornings, the most successful brokers tend to follow an end-of-day routine that helps set the stage for success.
And while everybody and every day is different, we can all benefit from thinking about what we do at the end of the day and analyzing whether or not those habits help us reach our goals. From updating your to-do list to reflecting on your day, follow these tips to make every tomorrow a success.
1. Update your to-do list
Take the time at the end of the day to update your to-do list. This doesn’t need to take more than 5 or 10 minutes max, just simply recap the day and update your list according to what you got done.
While this is a simple step, doing it will help you stay focused throughout the day. It will also boost your organization and reduce wasted time by making it easy to see exactly where you need to start again in the morning.
2. Acknowledge your achievements
Given the constant and various demands brokers face, it can be easy to feel like there’s always a mountain of work waiting for you — and it never seems to get any smaller. Combat that feeling by taking a moment at the end of the day to acknowledge everything you've accomplished.
More than just updating your to-do list, actually give yourself credit for each of your accomplishments. This can be especially helpful on busy and stressful days, and research suggests taking time to be thankful for what you’ve accomplished is an important way to boost your happiness.
3. Define tomorrow’s goals
After you’ve updated your to-do list and given yourself credit for the day’s accomplishments, take a few minutes and sketch out a plan for tomorrow. Whether it’s prospecting, scheduling meetings or finishing some paperwork, think about what you need to accomplish tomorrow to stay on track with your long-term goals.
While you’re at it, spend a few minutes reviewing tomorrow’s schedule. Make this a habit and never get caught off guard by an 8 a.m. meeting again.
Just like with appreciating your accomplishments, it can be hard to find the time to settle down and reflect on your day. But don’t let that stop you — self-reflection is essential to growth and future success.
If you don’t think about what went well, what went wrong, and which strategies worked the best today, then how will you learn from your experiences?
Think through these questions everyday. You can even keep a journal to record your insights and help make it a habit. Self-reflection is key to growth and doing it will help you build momentum moving forward.
It can be tempting to work around the clock to try and finish as many deals as possible as quickly as possible, and while this may work for awhile, over the long term this strategy will stress you out and hurt your productivity.
Instead, stop working at a decent hour and give your mind and body time to recharge. Maintaining a positive work-life balance will ultimately help you be more productive and successful in the long run, so leave your work behind at the end of the day.
Whether you’re looking to boost your business or simply want to change things up, your end-of-day rituals are crucial to your success. From maintaining a robust to-do list to making time for self-reflection, use these strategies today to start seeing results tomorrow.