8 Ways To Maintain Your Productivity After a Long Day at The Office

Sometimes it’s easy to go into “lazy” mode when you leave work. You might be tempted to hit the couch and turn on the TV the minute you get home. Instead, you know you should be doing useful things like reading, cleaning your garage, or grocery shopping. The following are some tips to avoid the temptation of slacking off after a long day at work.

Start Right Away

You’ll lose energy if you get too much downtime. Do not wait until after you finish dinner to start working on a project. Once you are out of “the zone,” it will be difficult to get back. Keep moving and avoid sitting for too long when you get home.

Go Somewhere Else

You might reach a point where your bed or couch gets too hard to ignore. If you want to jump start your personal projects then you should go out and find a place you where you can work or learn new things. Being outside your comfort zone forces you to focus on your goals.

Coffee shops are an ideal place to write your blog or catch up on the news. Being outside your house will spare you from unwanted counterproductive distractions like the TV and bed. Being in a public place will also keep you stimulated helping you stay awake longer.

Practice the 10-minute Rule

When working on your side projects, start by spending ten minutes on them, never less. When your time’s up you can stop and congratulate yourself for a job well done. If you feel like continuing with your task, then do so.

Don’t worry if you only spent ten minutes on a side project. The important thing is you got started. Ten minutes is precious when spent on taking steps towards your goal. Chances are, you’ll get pumped up enough after the first ten minutes that you’d want to continue on.

Choose Projects Close to Your Heart

Projects you are attracted to and passionate about are easier to work on. Working on something close to your heart gives you the energy and drive to accomplish your goals. If the project isn’t very exciting (such as doing laundry) give yourself a reward that you are passionate about. It’s easier to dedicate your precious after-work hours if you’re really into a project.

Get Some Exercise

Exercise is a must to help extend your hours working on your side projects. Ideally, you should spend at least 30 minutes of your time on exercise. If you can’t spend this much time, even a walk around the block can give you an immediate energy boost. Doing exercises regularly increases its’ benefits.

Start with a 20-30 minute light to moderate workout. You will instantly feel the results and get motivated to be more productive instead of wasting your time on your couch.

Write Your Schedule

Writing down your schedule will make you feel invigorated and excited throughout the day. Have your evening planned even before you leave the office. Having specific goals makes it easier to get started and accomplish them.

Keep a check-list in your workspace to keep track of all your goals. Keep your goals realistic so you won’t get overwhelmed; you can create more complex goals as you go along. Remember, you also have other commitments to take care of.

Get Up Early For Your Projects

Sometimes taking on side projects can feel like a daunting task especially if no ideas are coming in. When this happens, you can go to bed and wake up early instead. You can spend some time to read or start on your projects before going to work. Waking up early will also help you avoid the stress of rushing to work.

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

You can’t stay productive all the time. Some nights you’ll be in the zone, while on some nights you’ll feel like sleeping right away. This will happen to you, and when it does, you have to forgive yourself and move on. Productivity after work isn’t everything.

Just pick yourself up the next day. If you’re too hard on yourself, you will likely feel down and might want to give up on your project entirely.

 

Simon Bukai owns and operates Vista Health Solutions, a health insurance marketplace. Vista Health Solutions provides helpful advise and valuable insight to consumers looking for the best health insurance solution.  Simon’s experience in the industry has made him knowledgeable on many health and insurance related topics.  Visit the site at NYHealthInsurer.com for more information.

  • http://www.fullestdisclosure.blogspot.com/ Jason

    This is great– on the point about getting exercise I was reminded about a time years ago when I asked a doctor what I would do about feeling so tired. He said ‘sometimes when you are feeling tired you just have to strap on the Nikes and get some exercise. At the time this seemed counter-intuitive to me at the time but like a lot of other people I learned that physical activity often boosts energy, not drains it.

    I also liked the idea of committing to time blocks. In college I used to do something similar with 20 minutes except I eliminated the option to continue when the allotted time was up–part of what inspired me to work that way was a quote from what has been called ‘Parkinson’s Law’: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

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    I have to exercise every night when I get home from work otherwise I feel like garbage! These are all great tips! :)

  • HappyYogis

    This really helps. Especially the part about passion. I’ll save laundry for the weekends but I need my evenings to work on my dreams!

  • Clay

    as far as I’m concerned, starting right away works so well. A good way to avoid procrastination and end up doing nothing!

  • http://www.financialfreedomnewsletter.net/ Michael Duffy

    I find that writing a schedule is the most important step to continuing productivity at the end of a long day. Often times we feel overwhelmed by all that needs to get done in a day, but when we sit down and plan when to do each task and roughly how long it will take, we realize that we have more than enough time to get everything done. This makes getting started a lot easier by making my “mountain of work” seem much less daunting.

  • http://goalsetting-workshop.com/blog/ Jorge Blanco

    Alongside waking up early, you should also sleep early. It does not only let you get proper rest but also allows your body to do its maintenance duties at the right time.

  • http://tjm.org Tim McCormick

    I had to read this carefully to convince myself that it wasn’t a parody. Really, advice on how to absolutely maintain “productivity” all day long; go to a public place to “keep you stimulated helping you stay awake longer”..?  Don’t you realize this reads like a satire of American workaholic, ceaseless task-orientation? — the iron cage of Protestant self-justification by work ethic? Please, let’s be a bit more sane and relaxed and let life happen, share it with friends and family or one’s own free fancy.

    • David Z

      The title reads “8 Ways To Maintain Your Productivity After a Long Day at The Office”. What exactly would you expect from such an article? :-)

      Personally, I don’t have problems with work-life balance. Since I’m happy in my life and at work, I tend to get lazy. However, I have some side projects that I am passionate about but it’s hard to motivate myself enough to finish it off and work on it in the evenings. My current project will easily take a few months of evening work and some of the advice in the article is really helpful.

  • http://twitter.com/Abilene_Harper Abilene Harper

    “Don’t be too hard on yourself” is key. Even if you’ve only completed one little thing, it’s still a step getting you closer to your destination. Great article Simon, thank you!!

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  • asal

    I really benefited!It is always difficult to be active when coming back home exusted.
    but these tips seem to be usefull to get the most of free-from-work time. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/santosh.sali Santosh Sali

    I am early Morning person , and used to spend time on my projects – but now I spend morning time on my health/exercise routine – Hence – I feel first three more important and perfectly on the dot ….