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At the end of a busy year it can be easy for your employees and their managers to work late, stumble home in a zombie-like state, switch on the TV and veg out like there’s no tomorrow.

It might help them unwind for a bit, but it’s not healthy and it’s certainly not going to help them feel any better about coming back to work tomorrow.

Why don’t you suggest some of the following things they can do after working hours to help put them on a path to success? Tell them to:

1. Have sex

Not only does having sex make you better at your job, it also is likely to help you earn a higher wage.

Sex makes you happier, healthier and richer. So get ready for some post-work nookie.

2. Have a decent amount of sleep

Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post president and editor-in-chief, said it took a health scare to make her realise the importance of sleep, after she passed out from exhaustion.

“That’s when I knew I needed to renew my estranged relationship with sleep,” Huffington said.

“I had basically begun to think I could survive on very little sleep. But there are few wakeup calls as effective as waking up on the floor in a pool of blood.”

3. Stop answering work emails

I’m not claiming to be a super successful person, but I do follow the rule that unplugging after work is one of the healthiest things you can do.

If something is important enough that it needs my absolute and immediate attention, someone will call me. So, after about 7.30pm or 8pm, I stop looking at emails on my phone, or I switch the settings so work emails no longer show up.

4. Have a drink with friends

Work finished for the day? Hit the bars! Having a few drinks has been proven to reduce your risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems (but don’t overdo it!).

And don’t go on your own. Not only will you look a bit sad, drinking with friends and having a laugh has been shown to help your blood vessels function better, regulating your blood flow.

5. Document your wins

If working in your career is getting in the way of working on your career, then perhaps you need to start focusing more on your achievements and what you have learned from them, according to this Forbes article.

We are all busy, but take the time to acknowledge your greatness by keeping a job journal, or something similar.

“Your team members and clients are too busy to notice your daily victories, so it’s important to take a brief moment for self-congratulations,” writes William Arruda. “It’s a great confidence builder, and it helps you quantify and assess your strengths. Don’t forget to record the seemingly small triumphs, even the personal ones.”

6. Take a nap

If you can’t get the recommended eight hours of sleep every night, then don’t feel ashamed about wanting to take a post-work nap.

Today’s work culture seems to pride itself on being able to get by on very little sleep, but in reality the most successful people probably do have enough time to rest – whatever “enough time” might mean to them.

So don’t feel bad about having a quick 20-minute snooze in your office before you head out the door to the pub or home to your family. Your career will thank you.

7. Plan for the next day

Sorting out priorities and thinking ahead to tomorrow helps successful people remain organised and allows them to switch off once they have planned ahead.

Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management from the Inside Out, told CBS successful people prioritise with a massive to-do list.

“See what’s on their schedule for the next day (and two beyond that), pull necessary prep documents and files, and have everything set to hit the ground running the next morning,” she said.

“Name your top 3 (to 6) priorities for the next day-to ensure you proactively complete those priorities, no matter what else flies at you unexpectedly.

“Plan your team’s next day’s priorities, and send out instructional emails or check ins.”

8. Leave time to unwind with family

Efficiency expert Andrew Jensen also told CBS successful people invest time in their family and friends to boost their personal networks, exercising “active listening” and making an effort not to dominate conversations with loved ones.

“They recognise that success at work is empty without success in their home and with their family,” he said.

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Rebecca Lewis
Human Resources Magazine Singapore

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