Productivity After Work

Yesterday I was happy about the way I spent my day, because I actually got things done at home after work, despite the fact that there were major train delays during post-work rush hour. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think I might have figured out the trick/secret that I’ve been trying to figure out for a while.

So what did the rest of the day/evening look like once I got home? Oh, before that, I forgot to mention that I went grocery shopping right after work before getting on the train to go back home. When I arrived home, I didn’t go upstairs to my bedroom – actually I didn’t even go upstairs at all until after I had put away my groceries, watered the plants both outside and inside the house, cooked, cleaned, ate, took out the recyclables to the recycling bin, reorganized my pantry space, all the while making sure I didn’t forget about the blanket that was in the basement laundry room.

Compare this level of productivity to some of my other days when I’ve been lazy, sluggish, and exhausted: I come home from work, go upstairs to my bedroom, change into comfy clothes, lounge around in my room sometimes doing spontaneous things like working on a jigsaw puzzle or strumming my guitar or getting carried away with organizing things, and I end up either bumming around or doing something that doesn’t need to be done right then and there instead of eating a proper dinner at the proper time. Then I get so tired that MAYBE I’ll go back downstairs to much on something but I definitely do not cook anything at this point because it’s too much work and I just want to go to sleep. Then I somehow end up back in my beloved room and lie down on my made bed, thinking that not actually getting under the covers will prevent me from actually falling asleep. But 99 percent of the time I end up falling asleep without even brushing my teeth or taking off my makeup. I know, it’s terrible.

I’m just trying to make a point – I’m still the same person, and I would say that many other fellow tired people can relate to my laziness. And because I’m lazy and found a new discovery this week, I thought it would be nice for me to share it. In brief: Don’t go anywhere near your bedroom (don’t even change your clothes) until you’ve finished everything else you need to do before going to bed. I’ve read one article that said don’t even sit down when you get home. Maybe that’s a little extreme but I can see where that person was coming from. Basically don’t do “restful” activities if you can help it so you can actually be able to do things you need to do (eat a healthy home cooked meal, clean the kitchen), and so you can actually do things that you’ve been wanting to do outside of your work/school life, such as let’s say, writing a novel, or reading personal development books, or learning a new language – whatever you want!

If going to a cafe helps keep you from falling asleep or just being plain old lazy once you get home, then find a cafe and get stuff done there. Or if there’s a nice library nearby, go to the library. But then again you still have to eat dinner and it’s easier to save money when you eat at home. So just figure out what works best for you. 🙂

Okay that’s my life hack for the day. Don’t go to your room when you go home. Maybe eat dinner first to get that out of the way.

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