It's almost the end of the week, and I'm getting ready to shut down. Time to unplug from work and connect with family. Every week, I try to practice a routine (albeit, imperfectly) for ending my week well.
Here's how I close out out a typical week (this takes about an hour, so I try to begin around 4:00pm) and begin the weekend:
- Go thru my task management system (I'm currently using Wunderlist), finishing any tasks that are urgent or necessary to complete before the weekend and reassigning the rest for next week.
- Process all my email and try to get my inbox to zero.
- Schedule enough tweets to get me through the weekend (using Buffer).
- Schedule next week's blog posts (I may go back and add a photo before these posts publish, but at least I have the content written and ready to go).
- Look at my weekend schedule and next week's schedule just to get an idea of what's coming up.
- Back up my computer. I try to do this daily, but often forget. Friday is a great day to plug into my external hard drive and make sure all my data is backed up.
- Turn off my computer.
- Turn off my phone.
- Go for a walk (with my son or dog or both). This is a great way to separate mentally from the week, process some things, and dive into the weekend.
- Start cooking dinner. I do a lot of the cooking in our family, and I love it. It's fun to do this on a Friday night, because I don't have to rush to finish it due to some commitment for the next day (sometimes, I work at night to get ahead for the next day).
What's your end of the week routine look like? Share in the comments.