We belong to a generation that is so competitive and success-obsessed, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do to make an impression. While the competition to reach the top is, of course, inspiring, it has produced an army of youngsters who spend most of their lives sitting caged up inside their offices burning the midnight lamp. Here’s why we should make it a habit to come to work on time and more importantly, leave on time.
When we feel like we can just “do it later tonight,” we give ourselves the illusion of having a lot more time than we actually have. By entertaining this illusion, we deprive ourselves of the pressure that comes with knowing that we have to stop. Committing to leaving by a certain, reasonable time every day creates boundaries, and can gives us the motivation to carefully identify and prioritize the highest-yield work we should be doing.
Leaving on time but still getting our most important work done means we have to be disciplined. No more meandering meetings. No more reading or writing three-page emails. No more popping out to run unnecessary errands. And far less procrastination. Not only will this discipline have a positive effect on our ability to get the most important work done, it will have spill over benefits throughout our job and life.
Improved Work Quality
If we regularly leave on time, it means we get to do things like exercise, spend time with people we love, sleep, relax and explore other interests. As long as we have a good way to keep work-related stress at bay when we’re out of the office, all of these things are going to result in our work quality improving.
If we’re even somewhat deliberate about what we do with our extra time out of the office, we’ll likely grow as a person. Who would we rather be (or be around): someone with no life out of work, or someone who takes care of themselves, cultivates their mind, and is enriched by spending time with people they love? Taking time for ourselves helps us do better work, but the real reason to do it is so we can live a multi-dimensional life.
If we’re at work at all hours, our employees are going to feel implicit pressure to do the same, regardless of what we tell them. So we need to save ourselves and them the headache by setting a good example and leaving on time regularly. This gives everyone permission to do the same, and it will also earn us the ability to ask people to stay late when it really does matter.
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