Don’t Go Home After Work

Don’t Go Home After Work

coffee-journal-computerWell, not right away. It might seem counterintuitive, but this is one of the best strategies for ultimate productivity. Even if you are an extremely motivated person, the natural circadian rhythm of the human body starts to signal that it is time to start winding down usually right around the time most of us are leaving our jobs for the day. Instead of wasting this time yawning through your commute, seize the moment and re-energize yourself by changing locations and working on something you are passionate about. It doesn’t have to be every single night.  I frequent a coffee shop two nights a week after work. After I order a decaf coffee, I get to work on side projects, usually writing. I am not there very long, usually about 45 minutes to an hour (longer if I happen to reach a state of flow), but this time allows me to truly focus on the projects that are meaningful to me, without sacrificing a huge amount of “me” time in the evenings. I have found that on the nights I go straight home after work, I tend to be much more sluggish, and likely to indulge in watching T.V. longer than I would like rather than doing more meaningful activities like reading, or spending time with my dogs. It might seem completely undoable right now with the zillion things that feel like they have to get done before bed (dinner is sort of nonnegotiable), but it will be easier to take care of all of your evening responsibilities, once you have done something for yourself first. So build your side hustle, write the next great American novel or the business plan for that one idea you keep meaning to set into motion. It might only end up being two hours a week, but it can be the beginning of the next great thing in your life.

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