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I am curious to know what you might consider for addition to an end of the day routine at work.

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Here is how I follow end of the day routine:

  1. Check my e-mail for any last minute replies
  2. Review calendar to see what's coming up next day
  3. Review all my "Next Action" list and mark items which are done
  4. Re-negotiate commitments which are unfulfilled
  5. Identify 3-5 Most Important Tasks to be done next day
  6. Take a deep breath and give up all concerns
  7. Leave for home - complete and satisfied (doesn't happen all the time but I keep trying)
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Have a list of things you are trying to make a habit of. At the end of the day, check off the things you did. Some things on my list are:

  • Exercise
  • Read something (not online)
  • Write something useful
  • Floss
  • Show wife that I appreciate her

I use an app called Routinely on Android for this purpose, but you should be able to implement the concept with nothing more than a notepad or small whiteboard.

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Sorry. I didn't take notice of your specification of "at work" in my previous answer. Still applicable. But habits could be: - Check in code - Document what you've done. - Write down the next action to take ( I do this on a whiteboard that lays flat on my desk so I see it first thing in the morning and know exactly where to pick up.) –  Daniel Feb 2 at 15:45
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As I'm working during the day, I tend to move distractions (i.e. things not immediately related to the task at hand) to a scratch file. Something I call a day book, but the name doesn't matter. At the end of the day, I like to set aside some time to go through that file. Things that can be sorted out right away get sorted, and anything that can't gets moved to one of several queues I maintain. I have queues for things to read or watch, projects to start, things to research, and so on.

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Line yourself up to hit the ground running tomorrow. Look at tomorrow's calendar and task list to determine if you need to prepare anything (cash for a taxi, print read-ahead materials, make a lunch reservation). Get your email to Inbox Zero.

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At the end of the day I review my tasks for tomorrow, identifying the key tasks to give them priority over regular ones. Also I review my Feedly feeds and some other non intensive tasks.

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One thing I did for a while was have an all day event entry called "Done" in my calendar (Outlook). During the day as a I completed things I would record them in the Done appointment and review it at the end of the day. Some days you can feel like you got nothing accomplished, but you actually did more than you thought.

I've stopped doing that now only because I which to a Kanban based workflow and I track everything (including meetings, etc..) on my Kanban board, but I think the above is still valid for

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I tend to update my lists by removing old crud so I don't get confronted with that the next day. Do a mind sweep (but don't act upon it). Tidy up a bit.

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