Don’t spend those last few minutes of work doing “just one more small task.” More than likely, it will end up taking you longer than you expect. You’ll either end up staying late to finish it, or you’ll leave late and the task still won’t be completed.
Instead of tackling one more to-do at the end of the day, devote the time to creating a strategy for your next workday. Update and reprioritize your to-do list, and straighten your desk. Purge your email and empty your voice mail. You’ll come in the next day ready to be productive.