It’s usual (and wise) advice to sit down before your day begins. This time is for you to get centered and look at the day ahead. You feel a lot more flow in your day when you do this.
But there’s one tip that doesn’t get as much coverage in the land of productivity: End Of Day Reviews.
What Is An End Of Day Review?
An End Of Day Review (EOD Review) is a small chunk of time you take (5-10 minutes) before walking away from your work for the day. This gives you a big picture perspective, keeping you truly on point.
Here’s a simple guide to conduct your own EOD Review:
1) Looking back on the day you just finished up…
-Make a note of what you accomplished. (Don’t skip this step. It’s important to remind your brain how much you actually did get done even though you may still feel swamped with work.)
-Make a note of the tasks that are still outstanding.
2) Looking ahead to your day tomorrow.
-Check your calendar to get familiar with what’s coming up.
-Ask yourself, “What needs to shift on tomorrow’s schedule based on what happened today?”
Why An End Of Day Review?
Sometimes things don’t pan out exactly like we thought they would, and it’s important to be flexible and figure out how we can move things around in the following days to accommodate any unfinished business.
It’s important to determine this before you close up shop for the evening. That way it’s all set in place when you show up in the morning, and you can hit the ground running.