Want to Stop Working Late at Work? Just Work.

Image of Houston, Texas and the phrase, Want to Stop Working so Late? Just Work Do you find yourself working later and later at your job?

Want some help putting an end to those late hours?  

In this practical and inspirational post, I offer some very direct, yet true advice when it comes to staying at the office after hours.

Before we begin, thanks to N.S.I. for suggesting this post topic.

You’ve been staying later and later at the office every day for the past two weeks and you’re feeling worn out.

You haven’t had any pressing deadlines or due dates, but you’re still hanging around the office after everyone else has left.

You need to get your work done, but you’re tired and all you want to do is go home.

Wondering how you can finish your work and leave on time?

Take a deep breath, the advice I’m about to give is direct, honest, and straight to the point. What are the magic words? It’s quite simple, really:

When you’re at work, just work.

That’s it. Nothing more, and most certainly nothing less.

No procrastinating, no wasting time, no playing games.

Keep in mind, this advice is geared towards a generic workday. It does not apply to those times when you absolutely must stay at work late to get something done (hopefully, those times are few and far between).

What you could get done if you just hunkered down and focused on your work?

You’d feel accomplished, successful, and could probably cross off a thing or two from your to-do list.

Most importantly, you could leave for home on time. Not a bad way to end the workday, huh?

Here’s some quick tips to help you put in solid, quality work when you’re at the office.

Choose one thing to work on.

Not two items, not five, not seven. Just choose one item to work on. When you’ve finished with that, you can move onto something else.

Set a timer for an hour.

 Work straight for an hour. Really focus on your work and see what you can get done during that time. Take a well-deserved break, and then repeat your hour work session as necessary.

Eliminate distractions.

Use headphones or earplugs, put your cell phone on silent and desk phone to voicemail, log off email and social media accounts.

Pay attention to your breaks.

 How long was your coffee break? Fifteen or fifty minutes? While you do need a break every now and then, you should make sure you are not taking inordinate amounts of time to rest and recharge.

How about you? How do you keep tabs on your work/life balance? Which of these tips are you going to use? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.

4 Responses

  1. Juanita
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    This one is getting printed out and posted so I can see it as a reminder to stay on track!

    • Rashelle
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      Fantastic! Here’s to finishing up your work and getting home on time.

  2. Ted
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    Great, straight-forward advice. I guess I should get back to work now 🙂

    • Rashelle
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      Thanks, glad you enjoyed the post! We all need a reminder now and then. 🙂