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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.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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  • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
  • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
  • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
  • Is this aligned with my passion?
  • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

7. Be Prepared to Let Go

It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

The Bottom Line

Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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