When Are You Done Working For The Day? - Chris Nixon Tamer Of The To-do List
woman in a box holding a clock how do I know when to end my day

When Are You Done Working For The Day?

When is an entrepreneur workday done?

We can all remember that first job we had.  A minimum wage position may be working at a grocery store or McDonald’s.  We had to use a time clock⌚️ to start the workday and to end it.  Things didn’t change much when I graduated from technical school and started working as an electrical engineering technologist.  The office hours were 8 am to 4:30 pm and we were expected to be there between those hours.

tired man at the computer at night holding his head and a cup of coffee
Not knowing when my day should be over has me working late into the night most nights!

Most of the jobs I have held in my life had a definite start time and end time each day. 

When I started working for myself🧑 if I thought that I would work regular business hours and that when 4:30 pm hit I would be done for the day,   

I would surely be wrong!❌

I had to meet the needs of my clients and most of them could not meet with me during regular business hours, so I extended my hours to meet with them during the 🌛evenings or early mornings.  I also joined some networking groups that also meet outside of regular business hours, and then I found that I am most creative and productive between 9 pm and 1 am. 

How do I know when my workday is done?

None of my days look the same.  I can have client meetings at 10 am and at 7 pm.  I meet with like-minded people at 2 pm and 8 pm and then at 9 pm I’m putting together proposals and courses and writing up meeting 📝notes.  When I work like this I never know when my workday should be over.  I guess I could work 15 hours a day because I love it and I’m an entrepreneur but I can’t sustain this type of workday and enjoy 🚴🏻life!  I need to give myself permission to be done!  How do I do that?

I start by setting myself up with a finish 🏃line each day and when I reach that finish line I am DONE!

Working With an End Goal In Mind!

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Working towards a finish line helps you know when your day is over.

I create my finish line each week with my weekly review that I do every Monday morning🌞. This is when I establish my three areas of focus for the week.  From this, I know what projects I will be working on for the week and each day I assign myself three daily tasks that must be completed before the workday is over.

By creating this structure I give myself a definite finish line, something to work towards, something I know when I reach it just like 4:30 pm.

The flexibility of working for myself means I can work all day every day; I have done that to meet deadlines and client 👩‍💼needs but this type of workload is not sustainable. 

  • We need to know when the workday is done! 
  • Create a definite finish line so when you reach it you know that you are done. 

This gives you permission to leave your home🏡 office or the kitchen table and interact in a meaningful way with your kids, your spouse and friends.  You can even let your mind think about things that are not related to work like 📖reading the next Shari Lapena novel.

Are you finding it difficult to know when to end your day? I want to hear about it.

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