Halloween is a time to spend with family, having fun. This holiday, like all others, is centred around spending quality time and making memories with loved ones. However, to do this we need to make sure that we leave our work at the office door and get home in time with clear minds to fully enjoy these experiences. This is of course, easier said than done. Here are our top tips to help you to get out of work and home on time.

1. Schedule your day and stick to it.
If you want to get out of the office on time or even earlier, scheduling your day and prioritising your tasks is essential. Try making a list the night before so that you can come into your day with a clear plan and not waste valuable time working out where to get started. To-do lists are great, but only if you stick to them. We recommend making SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) so that your list doesn’t grow beyond control. SMART goals make sure that all tasks you’re setting are realistic with the time that you have. Stick to the most important tasks so that you don’t get overwhelmed with how much you have to do. Remember, some things can wait.

2. Say no.
This may be a challenge for some more than others, but if you set boundaries and say no when appropriate, you will be able to shorten your day by not adding extra tasks to your list.
If you’re given a task at the end of the day – sometimes it can’t wait, but it’s more than likely that it can. As a nation we feel obliged to take on extra work to impress or to avoid confrontation, but it is ok to say no.

3. Get up a little earlier.
The most successful and productive individuals make early mornings a common habit. Why? It gives them time to get ahead whilst the competition is sleeping. This could be in the form of exercise, responding to emails, or getting started on their to-do list – this gives the individual time back that might have been spent at night.
Starting earlier than normal is also a great way to get work done without the distractions of colleagues around you. If you’re inclined to feel guilty about leaving early, you shouldn’t, because you started early!

4. Let others know when you’re leaving.
If you are committing to leaving on time or earlier than usual, make sure that others know as well. If you give your colleagues or clients plenty of notice, then you decrease the chance of them landing work on your desk 5 minutes before you leave.
If you give people this expectation, you will be more likely to stick to leaving at this time as well.

5. Ask for help.
No matter how much you plan or prioritise, there’s only so much that you can accomplish in one day. If you feel that you’re falling behind on a task or that you won’t have enough time to complete everything – ask for help. If others are available, they are likely to help. However, if you find that there are unavoidable tasks that you don’t have time for or don’t have any helping hands to support you – you may want to look at outsourcing these to make sure that they get done. Spending time with loved ones is far more important than spending time in the office. Remember that you are only one person and down time is incredibly important. SmartPA are here to support you with those unfinished tasks so that you can focus on the work that helps to grow your business. When outsourcing to us, you can relax knowing that everything is taken care of. Get in touch to find out more about our broad range of services and get the help you need before you miss out on another holiday or occasion.

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