Why you should re-evaluate your after work routine (and some tips on how to start)

If you’re someone who wants to get a lot done when you come home from work but can’t seem to find the energy—you’re not alone. One of the biggest struggles for working professionals is finding time to either get things done at home or spend time on their hobbies.

The hours we spend after a workday can make a huge difference to our well-being. Sure, it can be nice to plonk down on the couch and watch a Netflix series after a long day, but what about all that laundry you need to do for tomorrow? And dinner? You can’t order take-out for the third time this week (well, you can—but do you really want to?) If you have a desire to be more on top of things, one of the first steps you need to take is to re-evaluate your routine.

  1. Prioritise on what needs to be done the next day

The night before, make a list of what you need to do for the following day and prepare everything. For example, if it’s laundry day take your basket of dirty clothes to the laundry room for sorting. If you have to do the dishes, make sure they’re all piled neatly in the kitchen sink ready for soaking. When it comes to making dinner, buy your groceries on the weekend (or whenever you have a day off) and meal plan before you go shopping. This way you will always have easy meals for dinner that do not require you to play guessing games with the fridge.

  1. Give yourself time limits

If all you want to do when you get home is lay down and open your laptop, allow yourself only if you check off an item off your to-do list. Whether it’s a household chore or a personal goal (like reading more) get it done before you relax. You can give yourself a time limit of 20 minutes to do what needs to be done. We all have days when we’d rather unwind, and that is okay. But you will feel better if you dedicate time to do the things that need to be done.

  1. Start healthy habits

It’s not easy to eat healthy if you haven’t planned in advance. Learn how to meal-plan and prepare the week before. Before going grocery shopping, plan your meals. This way you can avoid wasting food, and you have plenty of healthy meals to choose from each day. Don’t rely on your motivation everyday—there will be days when you don’t feel like cooking. That’s why it’s better to get it all done in one go.

  1. Stick to your goals

Having a 9-5 job can make it a challenge to stick to your goals outside of work, but if they are important to you then you must make them a priority. If you want to be a better surfer, or read 1 book this month, create space in your life that allows for extra beach time or a cosy space for reading.

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