Focus and the Importance of not dashing "out the door"

The end of the day or week arrives.  There is a real temptation to dash-out-the-door.  Forget everything till tomorrow.

Hang on there.  If you work in any role where you are close to the customer, and you believe in:

Being ready the next time you get to your desk (or wherever you are based). You dislike broken windows. You "try" and organise your time using something (along the lines) of the Pomodoro technique.

At the end of that day, you will still have a (close to exact) picture of “what you are doing”, how you got there, and what is happening next.

Make a note of this, and doing anything else which will allow you to “sign the day off”.  This is not meant to take an excessive amount of time.

In the excellent book “Pragmatic Thinking and Learning:  Refactor Your Wetware” the importance of staying focussed, not switching to auto-pilot, and concentrating on what you are doing is illustrated.

Applying this point-of-view gives you a real advantage.  It will allow you to leave your work with the best chance of succeeding.  Succeeding does not mean that you are delivering something to a customer (every-day).  Use an analogy of locking up a shop, at the end of the day.  You make sure its secure, and organised.

If you do the same with your work (or hobby, or the washing-up), you will start the next day, in **_the best possible way_**_._ You can take this one step further.  If you use the Pomodoro technique (or just like a to-do list), write down a list of things which (are on your radar - present tense) at the **end** of the day, for tomorrow, while you are focussed on the task.

This will help, if tomorrow is (or isn’t) chaotic.

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Author | Miles Davenport

Career programmer, who designs, assembles, fixes, and supports customers, software and systems.