Maximizing Nighttime Productivity
Burning the candles on both ends happens more often than not in today's multi-income stream world. So, working at night after a less or very productive day to ensure assigned tasks or necessary responsibilities are fulfilled is fast becoming a norm.
To prevent burnout and preserve our overall health, wisdom dictates that we balance work productivity and personal well-being. From our choice of home workspace to midnight snacks while working, there are many little but important ways to care for our health and enhance our ability to produce while working at night. Here are some.
Take A Break and A Cold Shower Before Starting: Taking a break after you get home and a cold shower before working at night helps boost energy levels, aid muscle recovery, and leave one feeling refreshed. This enables you to stay vigilant and ready to tackle the assigned tasks as if you just woke up from a night's sleep.
Avoid Distractions: Focusing on work is essential for achieving timely optimal results. So don't do household chores, scroll through social media, watch television, or chat with friends or family while working.
Have A Brightly Lit Established Workspace: Having a well-lit designated workspace to separate your home and workspaces is essential when you have to work at home. It improves efficiency by promoting alertness and allowing our brains to associate the place with work. The workspace could be a desk in the corner of your room, living room, or home office.
Eat Your Dinner as At When Due: Because you seemingly have much to do, you might skip your evening meal and dive straight to work or push eating dinner to whenever you are done. This can be both harmful to your health and detrimental to your cognitive abilities and energy levels, resulting in poor productivity.
Drink Water. Water is said to be the elixir of life. Drinking it frequently, amongst its many benefits, has been proven to increase productivity by as much as 14%. Switch to drinking water instead of caffeine-laden beverages when working at night to stay hydrated and improve sleep quality.
Establish A Strict Deadline: Set a time when you will stop working and stick to it. Be intentional about unplugging from screens and prioritizing quality time with loved ones. It's also best to avoid working in your bedroom to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Stand Up If You Can: Standing while working boosts focus, and energy and reduces headaches. Try finding a standing workspace at home for a more productive evening.
Your Choice of Midnight Snacks Matters: While working at night, your choice of snack to sate those sudden hunger pangs or cravings can impact your health and productivity over time. Instead of reaching for those fries, why not make a healthier choice? Junk food can negatively affect weight, skin, hair, and overall health Stock up on healthy snacks like fruits, khakhras, and homemade popcorn with minimal butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, hummus, and vegetable smoothies to keep you energized while working at night.
Occasionally, there may be days when productivity at work falls short, and extra effort is required before resting for the night; adhering to the above can positively benefit your productivity and overall health.