How To Be Productive After A Hard Day At Work

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Working full time can be pretty draining, and sometimes I struggle a lot finding the energy to do anything remotely productive once I get home. The standard routine is to get straight into my PJs, have dinner, and binge Netflix or read blogs until it’s an acceptable time to go to bed.

Nights like this are needed sometimes, but I always feel infinitely better about myself when I’ve had a productive evening. It also helps me to sleep better as I don’t relax too early and end up going to bed so early that I wake up multiple times in the night (or just stupidly early in the morning). Plus, if you’ve had a crappy day at work it’s a great way of keeping yourself occupied so you aren’t dwelling on it!

So on that note, I thought I’d share a few tips and ideas on how to be productive after a long, hard day at work.

Stay in your work clothes

OK, so this is a controversial one because most of us want straight out of our work clothes and into something comfy ASAP. I get that. However, does anyone else’s productivity levels significantly decrease by the time you’ve pulled on the loungewear? Yeah, mine too.

If you want to keep those energy levels up, and those lazy vibes at bay, keep the workwear on until you’ve got your evening tasks done. Trust me, you’ll feel all the more satisfied popping on your jammies after an evening of crossing off tasks on your list.

Find constructive things to do

So you want to keep busy in the evenings? Find things that need doing to keep you occupied. Whether your room needs a tidy, your socks need pairing or you have a list of blog ideas that haven’t quite been turned into posts yet, focus on doing things that aren’t too complex or draining, and that you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction over once they’re done.

Yes, I do feel a great sense of satisfaction for paired socks.

Reward yourself

Most of us get home and have several hours of potential productivity before its bedtime. Keep your task list short and find time to squeeze in a reward such as an episode of your favourite show on Netflix, or some valuable blog reading downtime.

If you cram too much into your evening with no time to relax at all, you’ll regret it the next morning when you’re hella tired. You’ll also be less likely to keep it up other days of the week if you work yourself too hard.

Have a ‘deadline’

In order to find that time to reward yourself, set a specific time when you are done being productive and just need to chill. Put an alarm on your phone as a reminder, and if it goes off before you finish what you’re doing, you can always come back to that task tomorrow.

Do something creative

Don’t make all of your post-work tasks boring, necessary chores. Break these up with some fun creative stuff that you can be proud of. Whether that’s drawing a picture, filming a Youtube video or whatever else you like to do artistically, it’s important to maintain that no matter how busy your day has been.

Any tips on how to be productive to add? 



  1. September 8, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Rewarding yourself after work is so important! I always don’t just sit down and blog, I always have something else as well on in the background, whether it’s GBBO or a trashy film.

    Also mind mapping my creative ideas helps! Especially when I’m really stressed about things.


    • Cat
      September 8, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      Totally – and mind mapping is the perfect task if you don’t quite have the energy to write up any posts! x

  2. September 10, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    I feel the same, after work I am drained especially in our busier months like this month for example. I tend to cook, relax and do very little else but I have recently decided to try and do a little each evening to avoid getting overwhelmed and it seems to be working. I seem to be getting more done by focussing on doing a little at a time and I have been rewarding myself with a little chocolate or a small treat when I have done what I set out to do.


    • Cat
      September 10, 2016 / 7:23 pm

      That sounds like the best way to do it! We do all try to cram too much into our evenings so doing a manageable amount and rewarding ourselves is a lot healthier! x

  3. September 19, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Love this post. I’ve certainly found that keeping my work wear on when I get in helps keep me motivated. As soon as I put my pjs on, that’s like a signal to my brain “down tools, we’re down for the day!” Haha. Very helpful tips, thank you! x

    • Cat
      September 20, 2016 / 10:24 am

      I was sure I’d replied to this! Yeah changing into PJs is the one that I struggle with most cos I want to get comfier asap but then productivity levels just plummet! x

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