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Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of an iT company. still running marathons though.

Oftentimes We Talk About Our Morning Plans – What About the Evening Routine?

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Any entrepreneur would tell you just how important your evening routine is – let’s discuss some tips on improving it.

You probably know how a typical day at the office goes – there are tons of emails, tasks, and duties that are patiently (or not so much) waiting to be read, assigned or executed.

It’s true that a day as an entrepreneur can be really overwhelming and stressful. Just imagine having to deal with so much day after day – that’s the downfall of being in charge. Everything has to be carefully managed and distributed. Even though many entrepreneurs actually enjoy being busy, there are times when hard work takes its toll on the body and the mind. I’ve openly discussed the issues that go along with burnout – it’s a dreading condition caused by anxiety, pressure, and an unlimited amount of stress.

It’s good for us to be informed about it, but what’s even better is if we do our best in trying to avoid all costs. Sure enough, there are plenty of resources that may help you for building a daily routine at the office – you can get familiar with a wide variety of time management hacks and tips on working more efficiently.

What we often miss, though, is speaking openly about our evening routine. Because guess what – the stress, pressure, and the overall tiredness don’t go just away the moment your work day finishes.

Stress can actually continue taking its toll way after working hours

We’ve often heard many people state that they simply dream of the moment when their work day would be finally over – all they wish for is to get back home. But what if I tell you there are actually ways of spending your free time that promise to be much more effective than just laying on the couch and watching TV?

If you ask fellow entrepreneurs or just random people, I bet the majority would answer that they don’t do much in the evenings. Of course, they are tired and too overwhelmed to get exposed to other types of stimuli. But the actual proper evening routine doesn’t have to do with additional stimuli – in fact, there are different ways in which a person can rest and unwind after a long day. And guess what – laying on the couch every night is just not the proper way to do things.

Sure enough, there will be times when we don’t feel ourselves and we will probably be completely out of energy. In those moments it’s quite essential for us to just have a nice dinner and enjoy a peaceful evening in bed. Restoration is just as important as following an evening routine that promises to properly help you relax and get things sorted in your mind.

But what about the majority of evenings? Are we supposed to finish work, get straight back home, turn on the TV, and fall asleep on the coach? Do we really have to do this every single evening? Do we really think this attitude will help us long term?

If you’re searching for evening routine improvement, then I’d suggest you keep on reading. I’ll be sharing some useful tips that help me unwind.

On evening routine: here are tips on spending quality time after work

You may be thinking that after a long busy day at work your mind needs pleasure and relaxation. You are most definitely right! What you probably miss is that not always pleasure and relaxation equal laying around.

In fact, there are plenty of active and engaging habits that could enter your evening routine – they can even further elevate your well-being and state of mind. Think of it as spending time on social media: when browsing, don’t you feel like time is just slipping away without you actually realizing how many hours have passed by? Frankly speaking, spending time on the couch is no different. But perhaps you’re wondering what you can do to further improve your evening routine.

Here are some quick examples:

  • walk home from work – we are all just so used to driving when, in reality, walking has amazing benefits both for our bodies and minds. So next time you’re about to have a busy day at the office, choose to walk home – I’m sure that getting yourself moving is going to elevate your mood and help you distance yourself from all the chaos at the office.
  • cook your own dinner – many entrepreneurs or overall busy people simply think they lack time or energy to cook for themselves. That’s why they decide to order in or choose some kind of fast food. Of course, cooking at home is way more beneficial for your health, but there is also another reason why I’m recommending it – the very act of preparing your dish can actually inspire you and help you get your mind off work-related things.
  • it’s always an option to choose to spend the evening with friends – go out or invite them to your place. It’s entirely up to you. Sometimes surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals can really help us beat the accumulated stress and pressure by engaging in fun and like-hearted conversations.
  • try out something new – be it a movie, a new restaurant, or a type of activity everyone’s talking about, it’s a good idea for you to try it out. Sometimes all we need is to explore further and find new exciting things to keep us occupied in our spare time. Besides, who knows – perhaps we can find ourselves new hobbies that way?
  • if you prefer order, create a to-do list for the next day – this may sound a bit counterintuitive given the fact I advise you to distance yourself from work-related stuff, but hear me out. It’s proven that on certain occasions the brain works way better once it has the chance to prepare itself in advance. So if the next day promises to be a busy one, sit down and create a to-do list. This way you’ll help your mind prepare for what’s about to come.
  • always choose the right mind and should food – what I mean by that is simply to select activities, conversations, music, and movies that bring up good emotions or that make your brain click. We often tend to unconsciously pick activities and surroundings that simply don’t bring any value – as a matter of fact, this can even further increase our discontent or feeling of inadequacy.

To wrap things up

Morning routines are definitely incredibly important, but so is the evening routine as well. It’s the time when we usually relax and unwind after a long day but it’s also the time when we prepare for our next enticing day. Instead of wasting our free hours engaging in mindless activities, we can always try some more active and exciting ways to take a break. You can always give it a go and see how things would turn out for you.


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