If you come home from work and end up spending the entire evening on the couch watching hours of TV or mindlessly scrolling through social media, you’resonot alone. We have good intentions of being productive when we get home, but our desire to shake off the stress of the workday and relax takes over. But if you’re ready to reclaim your weeknights, try these tips.
- Rely on a routine- Sticking to a weeknight routine can help you stay focused on what you want to accomplish. Organizing pros suggest spending 10 minutes at the end of the night getting your stuff ready for the next day to make your morning run more smoothly.
- Ditch your phone at the door- Plug your phone into a charger in a different room when you get home so you’re not tempted to slip down an Instagram rabbit hole and spend hours on social media.
- Set social media boundaries- If you can’t part with your phone, set a time limit on the apps that suck most of your time. People spend an average of three and a half hours a day on social media, so just think of what you could do with all that time instead.
- Stay in your work clothes- It’s harder to lounge and relax when you’re still dressed for the office, so don’t slide into your leggings until you’ve finished the things you want to accomplish.
- Get a weeknight hobby- Schedule your time after work by signing up for a fitness class, meeting up with friends, or doing anything else you care about to minimize the time you have to binge watch Netflix.
- Hang a clock on the wall near the TV-If you spend more hours that you care to admit sitting in front of the TV, try moving a clock where you can see it while watching to remind yourself how long you’ve actually been there.