As a leader, manager, or HR professional, navigating the intricacies of employee wellbeing and workplace productivity is undoubtedly a top priority. At the same time, we all know that striking a balance between getting things done and getting home energized can be a real challenge.
In this article, we cover a practical and impactful strategy based on work and organizational psychology – the End-of-Day (EOD) Audit. This approach goes beyond the conventional strategies, involving a deliberate assessment of energy levels to enhance overall wellbeing and job performance.
Ready to make your workday easier and after-work time more satisfying?
Let’s uncover the science behind the EOD Audit and explore how to turn it into a daily practice.
Why is managing energy more effective?
Unlike time, which is finite and always moves in the same way, energy fluctuates throughout the day. That is why we cannot just manage our time without considering our energy levels. The human brain and body operate optimally when energy is managed efficiently, leading to heightened cognitive function, sustained focus, and effective rest and recovery at the end of the day.
In other words, it’s not just about allocating time to tasks but ensuring that we have the necessary energy to perform those tasks effectively. Thanks to a large pool of studies, we understand that energy management is a more effective strategy for enhancing productivity and wellbeing, compared to solely focusing on time management.
What is the science behind the EOD (End-Of-Day) Audit tool?
Think of your workday like a rollercoaster ride, filled with ups and downs.
Inspired by the Peak-End Rule, a psychological concept, we learn that people remember experiences based on the most intense moments and how they end. This means that, no matter how your day goes, the most intense emotion and how it all wraps up significantly influence how you perceive the entire day.
In other words – managing time is important, but managing intense ”peak” moments and endings of the day is the most important – and this is exactly what the EOD Audit tool does.
Managing end of the workday matters
According to research, people remember all experiences based on the most intense moments and how they end.
How can you implement the EOD Audit?
Step 1: Assess Energy Levels (Scale 1-10)
Encourage your team to rate how each task affected their energy levels on a scale from 1 to 10. Let them do this for a week, and have everyone share their ratings with their manager or leaders. By the end of the week, you as an individual, can identify patterns and connections between specific tasks and how they impact your energy levels, and if you are a manager or a leader, it allows you to plan the workdays better in line with the principles found in research.
Robust research in organizational psychology emphasizes the importance of actively managing energy levels. By regularly assessing and adjusting routines based on energy states, organisations can actively contribute to employees' wellbeing and job satisfaction.