10 practical ways to maximize your time after work

After work, you probably want a relaxing, stress-free night. And that makes sense. Planning activities such as reading or meditating can help relieve stress when the going gets tough at work.

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You can also use this time to expand your knowledge or develop your skills. In addition, you can gain new experiences or pursue a passion.

The benefits of participating in these activities can range from increasing your productivity to improving your health and general well-being.

That said, here are 10 practical ways to maximize your time after work.

1. Tie up loose ends.

My mother had a tradition that she followed every night when I was a child. As soon as we got home from school, we had to clean up the house. It wasn’t long cleaning – she usually set a timer for 20 minutes. Obviously we were moaning about this and the time to get out was probably longer than the actual time we spent on it. But this effort and habit kept the house tidy and saved us from major cleaning if the cleaning had waited until the weekend.

After I’m done with work for the day, I set a timer for 20-30 minutes and clean up. Or I can put items on my to do list During the day I couldn’t. Even if that’s not a lot of time, you’d be amazed at what you can actually achieve.

You can do the dishes, fold the laundry, make a shopping list, clean your calendaror send an important email. Plus, a timer can be a great way to tie up the loose ends of the day and help you transition from work.

2. Get an everyday hobby.

Do an outdoor activity after work. Some ideas might include a gym class, volunteering, or a night out with friends. Then, instead of spending your time at home, you’ll have more time to do what you care about.

“By scheduling your time after work, you’re more likely to stick to your most important ‘to-do’ items. Many people find that they are most productive when they have more to do.” say dr. Lisa N. Folden, licensed physical therapist and naturopathic lifestyle coach, owner of Healthy Phit Physical Therapy & Wellness Consultants. “Having a planned event after work — especially one that can serve as exercise — gives you more responsibility for avoiding aimlessly scrolling through your phone or watching TV.”

3. Sweat it out.

Yes, I’m aware. You are well aware of the importance of physical activity† However, this still cannot be emphasized enough. There is no doubt that a regular exercise program will boost your creativity, confidence and resilience, both at work and at home.

In short, moving your body is one of the best things you can do to increase your productivity. After all, sport relieves stress and relieves mental strain. The result? You sleep better and are more energetic.

So set aside time at the end of the day to go for a run, bike ride, or join a workout class. Other ideas include playing with your pet or kids, dancing, or getting caught up in a chore.

4. Enjoy the company of those you love.

Spend quality time with those who are important to you, such as family, friends and colleagues. Not only does it make life worth living, but it’s also good for you. It releases endorphins and reduces stress when you talk to your partner, children, siblings, parents or friends. Even a simple phone call with a loved one can benefit your well-being.

Moreover, there are many fun things to do with friends and family, such as;

  • Go to a restaurant or host a dinner at home.
  • Visit a museum or art gallery.
  • Go for a walk after dinner.
  • Organize a game night.
  • Attend a concert or sporting event.
  • Going to the cinema.
  • Participate in a group activity, such as bowling.
  • Take lessons together.

5. Address your needs.

“This may seem totally out of place in an article about getting a lot done after work, but listen to me,” Rachell Buell writes of The Muse† “While it’s very important to make the most of your time, the only way you’ll have enough energy to do that is to meet your basic needs first.” Also get enough sleep, eat and relax. “By meeting these needs, you grant yourself the essential element of productivity: sustainability.”

“I had a serious moment of panic a few weeks ago,” Buell said. “I felt completely overwhelmed by everything on my plate. I lost my cool.” When I regained my composure, I came up with a brilliant idea: a list of common sense,” she added.

“The list included things like doing daily yoga and drinking 64 ounces of water every day and cuddling with my husband. Every time I cross everything off my list, I feel like a million bucks and want more.”

“After a long day of work, most of us need time to switch gears and give ourselves a mental break before trying to accomplish anything else,” Buell says. “Whether that’s plopping in front of the TV to catch up on the day’s news or going for a jog to take the edge off, take a moment to think about what you need to recharge during the week. feel, and keep it on your common sense list.”

6. Write down your priorities.

Is there ever a time when you feel like something is a high priority when it isn’t? When you prioritize productivity, it can be easy to focus on getting more done instead of thinking about what really matters.

At the beginning of each week, I find it helpful to prioritize everything on my to-do list. Then during the week I navigate my time more efficiently by determining how essential a particular item is. I personally use the Eisenhower matrix to help me with this.

Figuring out where each item fits can help you focus on where to start. For example, if you’re doing home projects, start with the most essential things – move on to the middle and lower priority things. With work projects, you can start the next day, knowing what to do in what order.

Best of all? Making a list of priorities can help you feel accomplished even if you haven’t started the project yet.

7. Go outside.

Are you familiar with “nature deficit disorder”? Initially, Richard Louv used the phrase in his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From a Nature Deficiency Disorder† Louv says our indoor lifestyle causes many health and behavioral problems.

Even if you think that’s far-fetched, studies have shown that we spend 92% of our time indoors. And that can negatively affect our physical and mental health. Why? Because it is an easy way to reduce stress, increase happinessand live healthier.

Plus, connecting with nature and the great outdoors can replenish your energy.

With that in mind, Rachel Hopman, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Northeastern University, suggests that you: live by the 20-5-3 rule

  • 20 minutes. Twenty minutes is how much time you should spend outside three times a week, such as in a neighborhood park.
  • 5 hours. Five hours is the minimum amount of time you should spend each month in semi-wildlife, such as a forest, city, or state park.
  • 3 days. You have to go camping or rent a cabin three times a year to escape it all.

8. Switch off.

In today’s culture, many of us are overly attached to social media and our smartphones. In reality, Data Report estimates that the average American looks at a screen for 7 hours and 4 minutes a day. So why is that a problem? Research has shown that too much screen time leads to: digital eye strain decreased sleepand reduced mental health.

In addition, too much screen time can lead to information overload. And it’s also distracting when we’re trying to get things done.

That’s why setting boundaries around your phone and social media usage is vital. For example, set a timer to limit how long you play games, watch videos, or scroll on social media. If that doesn’t work, keep your phone in another room or turn off all social media at a fixed time every night.

This will be awkward at first. But you might be surprised at how much more alive you feel when you’re away from screens. Ultimately, you will feel energized rather than exhausted after work.

9. Invest in yourself.

Did you know that former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo studied improv comedy† Why? Learning improv comedy improved his leadership skills.

Investing in yourself is essential to success, whether that involves coaching, participating in psychotherapy, attending a workshop, working more hours for graduate school, or completing a certification program. You can also learn to play a musical instrument, join a book club, watch a documentary or take a language course.

In general, you will succeed in your professional career whether you invest in your mind, body or soul.

10. Follow an evening routine.

“Obviously you have a specific morning routine to optimize and be more efficient every day,” writes Choncé Maddox in an earlier Calendar post. “However, a successful morning routine starts the night before,” she adds. “Simply put, you need an effective evening routine to maximize efficiency and productivity the next day.”

So, what should your evening routine consist of? Well, that’s up to you. But here are some suggestions worth exploring;

  • plan your day. Check your calendar to see what’s on your agenda for tomorrow. This way you prepare mentally and make any adjustments.
  • Choose your clothes. The task may sound insignificant. But it will save you a lot of time and energy that you could use elsewhere.
  • Eliminate negativity and reflect. You can reflect on your day at night and choose gratitude over negativity.
  • Read. Turn off the television and read a book while relaxing for the evening.
  • Prepare meals. The mornings are already hectic. Save your sanity and energy by preparing your meals the night before.

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