Successful people leave work early

From Business Insider:

The key to great success is working harder in short bursts of time. Then give yourself a break before getting back to work.

The trick is staying focused.

Try this for a day: don’t answer every phone call. Stop checking your email every two minutes. And leave work early. You’ll be astounded at how much more you’ll get done.

I can vouch for myself that this is true.

No one really calls me on my cellphone when I am working, so that isn’t an issue for me, but I don’t check my email all the time.


  • Check email at the start of the day (9 a.m.) to see if anything is urgent
  • Start working on my 3 things a day list
  • Lunch!!
  • Check email right after lunch to see if there’s anything more important than my 3 things
  • Finish my 3 things a day list
  • Go home once my 3 things are done, and my major emails are replied to

Of course, there are meetings, impromptu drop-ins, chats.. but that’s why I don’t focus on my emails. I focus on the 3 things I HAVE to get done, and then whatever I do above and beyond that is a bonus, like my emails.


If I can reply quickly to an email in about 5 minutes, I do it.

If it will take me longer, I set aside time in my day to really give a good answer.

What I hate is when people email you for the answer when they can find it out on their own if they tried to do it.

I don’t reply to those emails until at least 2 days later if they still haven’t found an answer or are calling/emailing me like MAD because I am the only one who knows.

I give myself 2 days because if they REALLY need the info and cannot find it, they’ll find it on their own the way they should.

Otherwise, people email you like crazy like you’re their personal email concierge.


I say “No” a lot to little things unless I know I can handle it.

I also don’t plan my day chock full with every minute accounted for.

I try to have at least an hour in between meetings (they ALWAYS run late) and sometimes you need to go to the bathroom just before your next meeting.

I never take on more than what I can reasonably do in a day, and I never stay late unless I really have to and it’s urgent.

As a result, I work about 35 hours a week and I get as much done as working 60+ hours before, running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

What are some of your tricks?


About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.