There is no time to do anything. I feel like I am continuously racing with time, trying to keep up with everything. I tell you, I didn’t have this problem when I was a university student. That’s when I felt like I had all the time in the world, and nothing to do with it except sleep, study and have fun. 3 things that I do not have the luxury to enjoy anymore. A full time job means 9-10 hours of my day are committed to working (driving, traffic, lunch, overtime), but I really really don’t want my whole day to be just about work! So, when I get home, even if I only have 5 hours of ‘awake time’ left, I want to make the most of it.
Here’s how I plan to do it, and I’m asking you to try it too:
#1 Look Forward to ‘After Work’ Time
As the end of the day reaches, don’t start switching off and going into ‘passive mode’. What I noticed was that as 4 pm approached, I would slowly start planning the end of my day- which is completely wrong! 5 pm is surely not the end of the day, it is the start of your personal day.
Look forward to the time after you finish work, and you will see that you not only have ‘reserved energy’ but you also feel like your day has much more to it than work. This means being more productive during your last hour at work, as well as being happy!
Everyone says it’s good for you, but have you really tried it? As a person who isn’t the biggest fan of physical activity, I can honestly say that exercise after work makes you feel soooo much better. I started by running 15 minutes, 3 times a week and after 2-3 weeks, my body actually craved the run.
This is not only a better lifestyle option, but it is scientifically proven that exercise releases endorphins i.e. the happy chemical! So you will feel happy, fit and energetic – why on earth would you deprive yourself of this feeling???
#3 Have a Bed Time
Having worked full-time for almost 2 years, I can confidently say that sleep is the most important part of my day. If I don’t get a good night’s sleep, then the next day is just a blur that fixates on coffee. So after you come home from work, make sure that you set yourself a specific bed time.
By doing this, you will make sure that you finish all your chores/tasks by that certain time. That is the time you can enter passive mode! Whether you think 10 pm or 1 am is your bed time, it is all a state of mind – let yourself savor those hours of sleep to have a more productive and happy next day 🙂