A few months ago I wrote about these 5 things I do every morning to make the work day easier, and I hope that it was helpful!
Now I wanted to expand a little more on what I do in the night time, as a full-time working, side hustling creative which helps me prepare for tomorrow to be extra-productive and enjoy my day job as much as possible.
I think that it is possible, and probably essential, to start to prepare for tomorrow at work the night before, in order to be your happiest and most content self.
Happiness at work is caused by a lot of different of different factors, a lot to do with the workplace environment and a lot cannot be controlled.
But the things that we can control, which can make our days easier and happier – mainly our mindset – we should control! We should use our time, mornings and night, to make the day at work better.
I know that you probably have the same frustration I do every day going to work: I could be doing so much more!
I hate feeling like I am not getting the chance to do the things I want to, and I’m not moving forward with my many, many goals. Since working on several creative businesses and many, many other goals include building our house, time management has been infinitely important to me.
I don’t want to feel like I can’t enjoy my day, or that I have to sit at my desk all weekend in order to get the tasks done that I need to do.
Instead, I like to use my time as best as I can to prepare for tomorrow, so that I am in top form both at my day job and at my work, at home.
THE 5 THINGS I DO AT NIGHT, THAT MAKE TOMORROW BETTER
I finish off the things that I need to
Nights are for finalising tasks, ticking off everything on your list so that you are at peace and feeling satisfied and ready to tackle it all again tomorrow. This is step one, and a very important step one, in your preparation.
By failing to finalise your projects and tasks you will go bed feeling guilty, stressed and overwhelmed and therefore wake up feeling those emotions as well.
By doing your best to finish your tasks you are giving yourself the best chance of starting tomorrow off on the right foot.
Tip: make sure you gauge your ability when you set out your tasks each day. Set tasks hard enough that you are moving forward with your goals, but make sure you can complete at least one step of each before going to bed.
I don’t waste all night on dinner
If I spend too much time preparing or eating dinner, I get really stressed out. I feel like I have wasted my entire night and could have done so much more with my time. No matter how much I might enjoy the meal and the time, I always regret it later. I like to have quick, easy and healthy means ready for weeknights.
This means that no matter how long my day job goes for, I can get onto all the things that I love doing much faster.
I’ll admit this won’t be right for everyone. I understand there are people who love spending time on evening meals, and in those cases spending a little extra time in that space may be exactly what you need to wind down for the day. For me, I don’t enjoy the time that meals take and I want to get it over as quickly as possible!
Tip: use meal times to your advantage. Whether that means using them as a wind down to the busy day, or be prepared enough to have dinner out of the way quickly so you can move on to more important tasks.
I relax, read and meditate
Right before bed, I start preparing mentally for the day ahead. That means getting ready in a positive way to face the demands of the next day.
By switching off all electronic devices and shutting off from the world you will have a better sleep and feel more rejuvenated the next day.
I love to read in bed, it helps me to switch off my brain, while still giving me amazing things to think about. Reading in the evening is also the best way I have found to increase the number of books I read each year. If you don’t read before bed, it is something you need to try. Even just 10 minutes will change your whole day.
Tip: find a wind-down routine which helps to relax you but also mentally prepare you for the next day. You don’t want to get wound up, but you also don’t want to go to bed feeling overwhelmed. Instead, aim for feelings of expectancy and excitement at the things you could do tomorrow.
I plan my tomorrow
This probably sounds very obvious. As far as getting ready for the work day ahead, the more prepared you are for your morning the better.
That means I know if I am going to work out and I get ready for that. If I can start getting breakfast ready I will. If I need to do work, I know exactly what I am going to do and I have it on my desk. I love to write down the 5 things I need to do for the next day the night before on a post-it note ready to start ticking off.
Tip: take the last 5 minutes of your evening, before you head to bed to think about tomorrow, what you need to do and just jot down some notes or leave a project on your desk ready to start the next morning. This will mean you go off to bed feeling satisfied and in control of your time and time management, rather than feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
I try and balance work and play
Balance between work and play in evenings is vital to feeling like you are leading a holistic life and you aren’t just living to work at your day job.
But for hustles and creatives often it is the balance between our own work and our commitments to family, friends and our projects which can be hard to juggle.
To feel like you are taking advantage of your time, getting work done for your own businesses without sacrificing precious family time, check out this post.
Tip: look at all your priorities which take up your evenings. The priorities to yourself, your business, your job, your projects, your health, your family and your friends. Take some time to work out a schedule which will fit in everything you want to do for the week so that you are spreading everything around.
Well there you have it. The 5 things that give me the best chance of having a great tomorrow. They may sound simple, but I think we often overlook them for that very reason.
It can be hard to enjoy your night when you are winding down from a day at work and thinking about tomorrow already. But by setting up your nightly routine correctly, not only will you enjoy that time more, but you will ultimately enjoy your day job more too.