If you want to succeed in your chosen career, you can’t assume that your day stops with the clock. This doesn’t always mean staying late, but it does mean dedicating more than just your time in the office to your career. Here are five things that successful people what to do after work and that you need to think about adding to your daily schedule.
1. Review and respond to emails
While you may not be able to get to every email while in the office, it’s never a good idea to leave one unanswered for more than a day, since most people can access their work email after hours, there is no reason you should avoid reviewing all your unanswered messages at the end of the day, even if it’s from home.
If nothing else, respond to the sender to let them know that you will get back to them within the next 24 or 48 hours. It’s also good to take that extra minute to organize and prioritize your emails, so they’re ready for you the next day.
2. Review plans for the next day
There is no better way to ruin your career than to forget you have a morning meeting with a client or conference call with the sales manager. To ensure you’re ready for tomorrow, take just a few minutes to review your calendar every night.
This is especially important if someone else has access to your calendar, such as an assistant. They may have forgotten to tell you about changes, or you may have overlooked an automatic notice.
3. Ensure everything is ready for the next day
If you have a morning sales call or meeting with a client, you’ll want to ensure you have everything you need the night before so that you don’t need to scramble to prepare in the morning.
Go through your briefcase and your tablet, and check you have your presentation, sales figures, sales brochures, prepared answers to questions someone asked at a previous meeting, a good supply of business cards, and anything else you need.
For morning sales calls or appointments, it’s also smart to check if you have the addresses, phone number and the name of the person you’re meeting, as well as directions to their office. Checking these things the night before gives you time to notice if anything is missing and ensures you’re ready for the next day.
Regular exercise keeps you mentally sharp and gives you energy. When you exercise, you increase your blood circulation, and blood delivers nutrients and healing oxygen to all cells of your body. You also raise your metabolism to burn more calories, which helps keep your weight under control.
Consequently, you may have more energy for the next day as extra body weight often means feeling sluggish and tired. Regular exercise can help you stay alert, focused and energized, allowing you to concentrate more easily on your work and get more done.
Exercising also strengthens the immune system and helps to keep you healthy so that you may miss less time at the office. You can’t have a successful career if you’re constantly home with a cold, so be sure you have regular workouts after hours.
5. Rest, relax, and get lots of sleep
It may seem those successful people live and breathe their careers. In truth, the most successful people know how to set their work aside so they can rest and relax. This awareness keeps them from suffering burnout or being so exhausted that they cannot concentrate while at the office. In addition, remember that if you don’t invest time and energy in your family and relationships, you may face problems at home that distract you in the office!
Successful people work hard at their careers but then leave the office behind. They know to spend time with loved ones on the golf course, doing charity work, practicing yoga, or anything else that allows them to unwind and relax.
They also get plenty of sleep every night, so they don’t need to drag themselves through the day when at the office.
Remember these five key points. Your day doesn’t end just because you’ve left the workplace, but you also need to learn to leave the office at the end of the day. Keeping this distinction in mind will ensure you have the energy required to work hard at your career and make it a success!
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