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10 Things Successful People Do Differently Before They Leave Their Offices

10 Things Successful People Do Differently Before They Leave Their Offices

Successful people neither bury themselves in their work till the last minute nor sit back and surf the net like most of us do before leaving the offices.

Instead, they have an end-of-day routine that allows them to:

  • Remain in control of their evening
  • Get energized
  • Be accountable
  • Ensure tomorrow’s success
  • Get perspective
  • Record history
  • Stay organized
  • Not overthink or worry about the small stuff
  • Stay connected
  • And be as good at home as they are at work

Here’s how they do it:

1. They Dictate When They Will Stop Working

Super successful people know exactly when they’re leaving their office. They’re not stressed about urgent stuff that may or may not pop up on them. They say “No,” to that stuff without hesitation or remorse. Not only do they know when they’ll leave, but they’re flexible to life’s higher priorities and often leave early.

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The reason they can do this is because they always get the important stuff done at the beginning of the day – often before the average person’s workday even begins. They are members of the Results Economy, they don’t measure their success by hard work and effort.

2. They Eat A Small Piece Of Chocolate

Of course they do. They deserve it. Not only is it an extrinsic reward for another day’s labor, but it generates an endorphin buzz and energy boost from the caffeine chocolate contains. Dark chocolate is not only tastier and healthier, but it has more caffeine than milk chocolate. This little buzz and energy boost is just enough to finish the day strong and not go home a zombie.

Not only does chocolate have psychological benefits, but a 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains:

  • 11 grams of fiber.
  • 67% of the RDA for Iron.
  • 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
  • 89% of the RDA for Copper.
  • 98% of the RDA for Manganese.
  • It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

Don’t eat 100 grams though (600 calories!). 50-150 calories is plenty to give you the benefits you need to finish strong. This stuff is over-powered.

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3. They Compare Their Actual Results To The Day’s Goals

Successful people are accountable to themselves. They keep commitments they’ve made to themselves. They don’t justify bad behavior and lie to themselves! They are highly objective when they examine their daily to-do list. For one thing, their list isn’t very long. They generally have 2-5 things they hope to get done each day. Their days are purposeful and far simpler than the average person. If something important didn’t get done, it gets put on tomorrow’s small priority list.

4. They Mentally Create Their Workday Tomorrow

Dr. Stephen R. Covey has explained that in all things, there are two creations: a mental creation followed by a physical creation. Like an architect that creates a detailed blueprint before a house is physically constructed, successful people create their mental blueprint for the next day.

When they leave the office, they already know they’re going to crush it tomorrow. This builds momentum from day-to-day, helping them accomplish things most people can’t comprehend.

5. They Pause To Reflect On Their Big Picture

Successful people have their life vision in eyeshot of their working space. They look at it frequently throughout the day to remind themselves where they are headed. However, at the end of each day, they take several deep breathes, and take a few minutes to go to their ideal future. They see it happening. They know that today’s work got them that much closer. They don’t doubt or question where they’re going in life. It’s been engrained in their subconscious.

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Not only do they reflect on their life mission, they also reflect on the brilliance of life in general. They take the time to be grateful for having the ability to do the work they love. They recognize that many people are without the opportunities they have. They don’t take it for granted. They’re truly grateful for the opportunity they’ve had to serve this day in their most authentic capacity.

6. They Write In Their Journal

Everyone knows they should write in a journal. Successful people actually do. They don’t need to spend hours doing it. Just a few minutes is all that’s needed. But they actually take the time to record what happened that day. They’ve been doing it for years and have volumes of history written.

Not only do they write what they’ve done. Building off their life vision, they write the powerful things that are coming for them. They journal their future and it manifests organically.

7. They Clean Their Space

Their office is structured and organized how they like it. They ensure that it’s designed in such a way that personally facilitates their highest insights. At the end of each day, they take a few moments to create the environment they want to walk into the next morning. When they enter the next morning, the subconscious mind clicks into high-performance-mode.

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8. They Detach From Everything Out Of Their Power

When most people stress out and take our work home with them (or worse, stay long hours to finish), successful people see it for what it is: distraction. Most things work themselves out. Most things can wait for tomorrow. Successful people know this and can quickly let it all go. If things went wrong at work, they don’t let it ruin their evening. It will all work out. They’ll handle it tomorrow. Done is better than perfect.

9. They Make Any Final Essential Communications

Successful people don’t leave people hanging. They reach out and make any final connections needed before going dark for the evening. They set expectations regarding their availability between now and tomorrow morning. They say “Good bye,” “Thank you,” and leave on a positive note. Those they work with feel respected, heard, and appreciated.

10. They Completely Unplug From Work Mode

Most importantly, successful people have a life outside work. They know how to fully live off the job. They know how to unplug and be present with the most important people in their world. They are just as successful in the other aspects of their life as they are at their work. They don’t answer emails after they’ve left. Unless a serious emergency is occurring, they are unreachable to the office.

Successful people’s end-of-workday routines are just as important as their morning routines. Just before leaving the office, they put themselves in a position to be present tonight and to dominate at work tomorrow.

Featured photo credit: Home-office1/citirecruitment via imcreator.com

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Published on September 16, 2020

12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

Today, with many companies going remote—at least until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine—technical proficiency is a vital skill for every interviewee to master. You may be asked to interview for a job on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The way you handle yourself in the online interview (your interview skills) will say much about your ability to work from home efficiently.

Does your workspace look clean or cluttered? Is the area free from noise? Is your home office well lit?

Once hired, you may be asked to organize meetings on Zoom and other platforms. Along with mastering the technology, you will have to learn to follow certain protocols.

Now is the time to get up to speed on your technical skills. Learn which interview skills are needed for the particular job for which you are applying and practice them.

Online learning sites, such as LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, offer courses for free or a nominal membership fee. If you are a DIY type, make use of training videos offered through your particular digital tools.

Additionally, demonstrating that you have these 12 interview skills will help you land your dream job.

1. Organization

When you work in a brick-and-mortar office, some of the organizing is left to others. Your direct supervisor may host a Monday morning quarterback meeting where each worker reports on the progress on their tasks.

When you work from home, much of the organizing will be left up to you. To a much greater extent than before, you will need to develop a schedule and stick to it. Some tasks may be faster to complete from your home office where you don’t have other workers competing for your attention.

Conversely, you may find that some tasks that would have gone quickly in an office seem to take forever from your home computer. Your phone may ring a lot, which can distract you, or you may have kids and a spouse who inadvertently disrupt your schedule.

To do: Set a schedule and stick to it.

To discuss during your interview: Be specific. Point to the interview skill you utilized to create a schedule for a complex work project and followed it.

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2. Flexibility

You set a schedule for the completion of your tasks, but your prospective boss gets their work done between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 a.m. Your West Coast partners are three hours behind your East Coast partners, and one of your partners lives in England while another lives in Australia.

Feedback and collaboration (see point 3) may need to happen asynchronously. Be the flexible candidate—the person who is willing to occasionally disrupt their schedule for the greater good of the team.

For extra credit: don’t just look up time zones, look up whether they observe Daylight Savings Time.

To do: Be flexible about meeting times.

To discuss during your interview: Highlight a time when you worked on a team where members lived in different time zones. Discuss your processes.

3. Collaboration

As recently as six months ago, before the pandemic raged around the world, collaboration wasn’t quite as essential as it is today. In a remote office setting, collaboration doesn’t just mean working well with others—but actually sharing documents and editing them online on time.

Several cloud-based tools, such as Google Drive, Basecamp, and Trello, enable the type of collaborative teamwork that most companies want today.

To do: Download the correct software and practice using it.

To discuss during your interview: Discuss how you worked remotely with a group. Share how you overcame certain challenges.

4. Poise

Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

When things do go awry, keeping your wits about you will demonstrate your consummate professionalism under fire. This will show your future bosses that you will be able to work well under the pressures of remote work.

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What could go wrong, you ask? You might be muted without realizing it—your Internet connection may not be robust, your headphones may blip out, your cellphone may ring, Zoom could have an outage. The list goes on and on.

To do: Make sure you have the most up-to-date versions of Skype and Zoom uploaded.

To discuss during your interview: Consider highlighting a time when a project did not go as planned. Demonstrate the interview skills that allowed you to rise to the challenge.

5. Communication

Your ability to handle online communication is one of the top critical skills you will need to thrive in today’s remote workplace. Download Slack if you haven’t already. Get used to toggling to a different form of online communication if one of your tools fails.

When it comes to the preferred format for your online interview, demonstrate proficiency by offering several different options. Give your phone number, Google Chat Hangouts name, and Skype ID.

To do: Familiarize yourself with video conference and online chat tools, such as Slack, Fleep, or Workplace by Facebook.

To discuss during your interview: Be prepared to share the online communication tools you’re using and examples of how you use each one.

6. Good Computer Hygiene

Setting up a backup system for your computer files is one of today’s crucial requirements for working in the digital age. Storing documents that can be shared by team members is also an efficient way to work together on presentations, articles, and reports—although studies show nearly one-third of employees avoid them because of the time it takes to find documents.

Be prepared in your interview to indicate your experience utilizing this technology, describing how you organize and store files using cloud-based collaboration tools. How do you keep track of links and tabs? Do you use Dropbox? Google Docs? Confluence? Others?

To do: Take inventory of the cloud-based document sharing and storage systems you know and use.

To discuss during your interview: Describe the document sharing tools and backup systems you utilize—both for personal protection and professional file sharing.

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7. Proper Meeting Etiquette

Today, presenting yourself virtually has its pros and cons. While you only have to show a professional persona from the waist up (make sure to straighten up your office space behind you), you must boost your energy to show that you’re engaged in the discussion.

Make your voice as upbeat as possible. Have your talking points at the ready and be careful not to ramble on, as long virtual meetings easily become tiresome. Use the mute and chat features to avoid interruptions.

To do: Once you know the meeting platform, make sure you have it mastered before your interview.

To discuss during your interview: Offer to share your screen to show an example of a work project— while at the same time demonstrating your prowess with video conferencing tools.

8. Respecting Feedback

In the age of working remotely, there may not be as many systems in place to obtain feedback (such as yearly performance reviews). Workers may need to ask for feedback, while managers may need to give more feedback than usual as the team adjusts to working off-site. Respecting feedback is on top of the interview skills list that you should learn.

Taking a proactive approach with giving and receiving feedback and incorporating it into your work style is a desirable quality that your employers will note.

To do: Reflect on the positive feedback you’ve received from past employers to bolster your confidence.

To discuss during your interview: Share a time when you received feedback that made you grow in the job. If you’re a manager, share a time when you gave feedback to an employee who needed to better their job performance.

9. Project Management

Staying on task with projects has evolved far past a to-do list, with electronic tools that can track time, manage team workloads, and even do the client billing. While your prospective employer may have its preferred project management program, your experience with any of the various options—whether it’s Basecamp, Teamwork, Smartsheet, or another—will be applicable.

To do: Know which project management software is likely to be used by the industry in which you’re interviewing, and familiarize yourself with its features.

To discuss during your interview: Highlight a project management feature that is particularly useful in helping you excel in your work, and explain how you utilize it.

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10. Staying up to Speed

Employers expect their remote workers to be technically proficient so that technology runs smoothly and doesn’t create work disruptions. Bosses count on remote workers to know enough about their systems to manage them without relying on the help of overworked IT staff.

To do: Make sure you have a fast internet connection and have a back-up plan, such as a second computer or other tethered devices.

To discuss during your interview: Note that you are diligent about keeping your computer and software up to date.

11. Attention to Cybersecurity Issues

“Virus” is a loaded term these days. Spreading a computer virus in your company, however, will not only bring productivity to a halt, but it will also make you a pariah. While working from public places using free Wi-Fi (with uneven security provisions) has waned, in pre-pandemic times, coffee shops accounted for 62 percent of Wi-Fi security breaches.

To do: Keep antivirus software updated and don’t download software without verifying its authenticity.

To discuss during your interview: Emphasize your awareness of cybersecurity risks and your care in taking necessary safety measures.

12. Teamwork

Work relationships now mostly happen in virtual settings, yet employers value team-oriented workers.

Being a part of a team gives you a sense of connection and shared purpose. A well-honed team understands how mutual reliance makes the sum of its parts greater than when individuals act on their own, improving the end product.

To do: Take stock of your attributes as a team player and where you can cultivate skills that will enable you to work more collaboratively.

To discuss during your interview: Inquire about the company’s culture and how it encourages a sense of community despite working remotely.

Final Thoughts

Preparing for remote positions available in today’s job market will mean honing your interview skills to highlight your technical abilities as well as your adaptability. By adhering to these To-Do’s and perfecting your online interview skills and charisma, you will rise above the competition and win over any prospective employer.

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