As a follow up to my 5 Reasons You Should Wake Up Before Everyone Else in the Morning, I bring you, my five tips for making evenings and nights just as productive, if not more than the morning dares to be.
Let me explain. I wake up before everyone else in my house every morning. But I am also the last to sleep. You don’t have to be the same way. This is how I handle my life and all of the tasks I have to do in a day. If you only have the morning, my other blog is more for you, if you only have the night then stay right here, let’s get into it!
First of all.
1. Be Sure To Have a Space For Working Free From Distractions.
I can’t even begin to stress how important this part is. Whether you’re at a cafe, at a local library, at home, wherever the hell you need to be. Be free of distractions. Put your kids if you have them to a task, let them paint the walls, (you can always fix it later, besides lightening up about things is a great way to focus more on what’s important — but that’s a story for another day.)
So, you’ve cleared a space to get to work. Cleared your distractions. You’re ready to work on something important to you.
Keep it clear. This is important.
“How tragic it is to find that an entire lifetime is wasted in pursuit of distractions while purpose is neglected.”
― Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?
2. Get Invested and Make a Commitment To Yourself.
No matter what time of day it is you should and need to do this in order to be in the right mindset. But most importantly, if you work at night and your mind is constantly fighting you that “night time” is a time for relaxing. I’ve seen too often people look at the sun come down and go, “I’m just going to chill tonight.” I have no chill. You may want to regulate yours to a specific day. We want to avoid burnout but we don’t want to give up on our dreams.
Write it down. Make a dream board. Do whatever it is that will light that fire under you and keep you going. Everyone in the evenings is ready to wind down, play video games, watch television, in my house. But I keep working even when they don’t. I’ve too much to do. I’m sure you do as well. Or you can’t seem to get the most out of your nights. Well, make yourself a promise and don’t break it. That’s how you make this work.
3. Tell People To Go Away.
You love your friends, your family, your spouse… sure. Of course you do. But if they care about your hopes and dreams, they can scoot during your self-proclaimed office hours. Take this seriously. This is your future, whether you have a novel to write, paintings to paint, or a start-up in mind, whatever it is, take it seriously.
Other people need to take it seriously too, so start with you. If you take it seriously, then others will follow — if they don’t follow then tell them to go away.
Hard to tell your partner to go? Here’s how I say it to mine:
“I love you, but I really want to get this done — please. We can spend time together later.”
If they can’t handle it, question how much they care about what you want with your future, and how invested they are in your happiness and not just your own.
4. Figure Out The Lighting.
Welcome to somewhat unconventional everyday advice. Most people don’t realize that a lot of different types of lights can cause migraines. Migraines/headaches aren’t productivity inducing. LEDs can be hard on your eyes. And fluorescents might be better. For others it could be reversed. So be sure to look into these different considerations.
Whatever works best for you, figure out the lighting. I work best with one small lamp in a dark room and use google docs for my writing. I have a chrome add-on called, Distraction Free-Mode. It allows me access to a full screen mode while working, but also several different modes including ‘Night Mode’. This helps with my eyes and my head while working.
Remember, this step. You can also get F.lux, seriously, you won’t regret it! F.lux has so many different modes and it’s free. So take advantage of it.
5. Do The Work and Make Sure You Space Out The Caffeine!
I know, limiting your caffeine or spacing out your intake can be bothersome. But high blood pressure isn’t going to get you anywhere — right? I mean, the hospital, sure, but let’s focus more on actually putting in the work and getting results.
If you want the leaves raked, you can’t just think about it and expect them to rake themselves. While that’d be lovely, it’s not happening. You have to go out and get the rake and rake those leaves yourself. That is everything. Work = results. No other way around it.
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” — Henry Ford
If the only time you have is at night, then getting work done at night is important. Even if you have to get it done at night. I fully support waking up early. I totally support staying up at night. Do what works best for you and your life. While I feel humans have the capability of being more productive in the sunlight — I am living proof to myself that I can get a ton of work done at night.
Don’t cave into your accidental desire to relax — there is a time and a place for taking a break, and you definitely deserve those moments of self-care. But let’s be honest, we can “treat ourselves” far too often and it becomes uncontrollable downward spiral.
Promise yourself that you will, and can commit to whatever it is you plan on doing.
If your plan is to become the first Woman President. Put in the work.
If your plan is to open a cafe. Put in the work.
If your plan is to write a novel. Put in the work.
Don’t let the sun or the moon dictate what you plan to do. You are the master and the commander of this ship (aka your body; your mind) so set the rules. Tell yourself, “This is what we’re going to do, and by God it will be done.”
Tell your family, “I am going to do this.”
Hold yourself accountable. Whether the birds are chirping or the owls are hooting. Be certain to make priorities that benefit you.
If you want 100% of the results. You’ve got to put in 100% of the work.
Go out into your life and make something of it. Even if I seem like a wild and crazy guy spouting “advice” on the internet to you, let my words wash over you — let them impact you in the way you needed to hear them. You’ve got this.
Besides… reading this was already a step in the right direction. So keep it up. Good luck!
“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” — Tony Robbins
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