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Creating an End of Workday Routine

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Just one more email. Just one more phone call to make. Just one more chart to finalize. And, then, before you know it, you’re down the rabbit hole, stuck at the office, wondering where the time went.

Here’s the thing – there is actually a very easy solution to this. But it’ll take a little bit of buy-in. I used to have a lot of trouble leaving the office. And, then when I did, since I own my own private practice, even if I wasn’t physically at my clinic, I would continue working at night. My laptop open on the dining room table, paying half attention to what my kids were saying – sound familiar?

So, the one thing you need to do? Create a work shut down routine. This one small routine will help prevent overwork. Because, there will always be more work to do. You will never be able to finish it all. And, sometimes there isn’t a natural stopping place. Incorporating a shut down routine is essential for creating some boundaries between work and life. You don’t have to go all Severance (just binge watched the entire first season), but sometimes boundaries are important. I know I’ve talked before about how my lines are often indistinct between work and life, but 

High achieving people get busy, blow through our time off,  and then end up work harder and harder to get more done. We  try to stretch time, but that is not the solution. Each minute we stay longer is a minute less at home.

The one thing we can do to stop overworking is to create a ‘Work Shut Down Routine’. This is so important for high achieving women to create and implement an end of work routine in order to erect boundaries to allow for rest and rejuvenation. This system will ultimately maximize your productivity by helping you initiate a hard stop to your work day.

In this episode, we cover the:

  • The power of habit in building a routine
  • The habit loop – cue -> routine –> reward
  • How habits reduce decision fatigue
  • The productivity hacks and strategies I use: Trello and Full Focus Planner


I'm Rupa Wong.

Hi! I'm Dr. Rupa Wong. Physician. Private Practice Owner. Mama to 3 kids. Managing Partner. Educator. Textbook Author. Conference Co-Founder. Mentor. I am more than just one thing, even as a doctor and I bet you are too. I would love to help you envision the life you want, and then get after it. What are you waiting for?


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