Before you call it a day, take a few moments to get ready for tomorrow. Organizing and prioritizing your tasks will make for a more efficient and successful tomorrow. Apply these helpful steps for getting ready for the next work day:

  1. Clear your desk.

    Put everything back into a file drawer, even if you plan to take those items right back out in the morning. Eliminate items to be filed or thrown away.

  2. Make tomorrow's to-do list.

    List all the projects, tasks, telephone calls, meetings, and objectives you want to accomplish the following day.

  3. Prioritize the tasks on your to-do list.

    Be sure to complete the prioritizing, from A-list activities (those with heavy penalties if they're not completed) to lower-level tasks that can be delegated (D-list) or eliminated (E-list).

  4. Delegate all tasks, projects, and calls that someone else can do.

    If you can't completely delegate the tasks because of their complexity or because a staff member is gone the next day, at least send a quick memo or e-mail letting the person know the assignment's coming.

  5. Determine what you need to accomplish to make tomorrow a great day.

    By determining a goal, you increase your intensity, focus, and urgency from the time you walk through the door.

  6. Prepare your workspace for tomorrow's A-1 priority task.

    Assemble all the materials you'll need and neatly stack and organize them on your credenza or desk.

  7. Rate your day.

    To get better use of your time tomorrow, set aside time to reflect on today. Ask yourself the following questions:

    • What went well today? What didn't go well?

    • Did you complete everything on your to-do list?

    • What did you learn today?

    • What would you have done differently?