Community//

Kevin McCord, NYC, Offers Tips for Utilizing your Time After Work

There are 168 hours in every week. Most likely, you spend forty of those at work, leaving you with 128 to sleep, eat, rest, and spend however you want. The most successful people make the best use of their time outside of work, which then fuels their work performance. How can you best utilize your […]

There are 168 hours in every week. Most likely, you spend forty of those at work, leaving you with 128 to sleep, eat, rest, and spend however you want. The most successful people make the best use of their time outside of work, which then fuels their work performance. How can you best utilize your time after work?
Let Closing Hours be Closing Hours

John Wooden once said “don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life”. There will always be more you can do at work. Whether that be working to get ahead or trying to catch up, almost anyone can convince themselves they must stay at work after hours. Do not start this habit! You need to stop work as close to the closing hour everyday. This puts you in a position to enjoy your night away from work, and come back the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to be productive. The more late nights you spend at work, the less productive your work days will be.

Plan Ahead of Time

Many people plan how they will spend their working day, yet completely ignore the hours that come after work. This leads to unproductive nights. Make a plan for how you will spend your night, whether it be going to spin class, curling up with a good book, or meeting a networking partner for dinner. Your after work plans are just as important as your during work plans!

Exercise

It’s widely known that following a consistent fitness regime boosts your creativity, confidence, and resilience, both at work and in your personal life. In keeping with planning ahead of time, make a plan to work out at least three times a week. Exercising after work is a great way to release the stress from the office before heading home. After spending eight hours sitting, standing or just generally being stagnant, your body needs to move!

Make Time for Friends

As adults, we often forget the importance of friendship. Spending time with someone you appreciate and have fun with makes you a happier, and better person overall. The positive effects of true friendship are endless. With that being said, do not forget to schedule time for friends! Make a monthly plan and stick to it. If you have a group of friends that you plan to meet with on the first Monday of every month, those meetings happen. If you have to schedule a date every single time, then it becomes harder.

You can use your time after work to enhance your performance during work hours, and your overall health and happiness. In order to maintain a successful work-life balance, the best ways to spend time after wok hours is by exercising and spending time with friends and loved ones. In order to do this, you need to leave work around the same reasonable hour everyday, and make plans ahead of time for your weeknights.

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Community//

    4 top tips to Utilize Your Time after Work

    by Efose Ikhalo
    Community//

    8 Habits to Have a Productive Day

    by Dilara Yilmaz
    Work Smarter//

    How to Figure Out Where You're Wasting Time and Declutter Your Routine Effectively

    by Thomas Oppong

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.