When is it time to switch off?

Reflecting upon what you’ve accomplished is a great way of focusing on “outcomes” instead of “hours” as an independent worker.

Photo by Adriano de Gironimo on Unsplash

If you’re an independent, remote-working, or simply struggle with knowing when it’s time to close the laptop — it can be really hard to create an “end of the day”.

It’s all well and good to say “i don’t need to stick to working hours, because i’m not working in a traditional way, I work when i need or want to” — but the reality for so many is that not having a 9–5 means, rather than working less hours, they work more. Evenings, weekends, before breakfast, during lunch. There’s very little demarcation between ‘working’ and not working.

If there’s no whistle at the end of the day, it can be hard to know when you’ve done “enough”. But a very simple practise can help — capturing the small things you’ve done today.

At a time of the day you feel most appropriate, give yourself 15 minutes to just reflect on what you’ve done today. It doesn’t need to be big tangible stuff like “won a new client” or “finished that project”, but rather the small things — “organised the receipts”, “created a contact list”, “meditated for 10 minutes”. Sketch them down, and look at the list. It’s quite a long list right?

It can be hard to do initially — but keep trying, do it at the end of every day, and you’ll get better at both identifying the things you’ve accomplished, but also recognising that you have done quite enough for the day, and you’re allowed to switch off — to crack on again tomorrow.

We created a small app called LittleWins which helps you not only capture the things you’ve done today, but also celebrate them with others. When you’re working alone, there’s often no-one to share those things with — but when you’re part of a community like Leapers, the value of talking out loud about the things you’ve managed to do today can be hugely beneficial.

Have a look at littlewins.leapers.co and celebrate the small stuff you did today.