And he switches on the television to lose himself in another world, yet again. When his wife asked the reason, the answer was to forget the woes of a tiring day at work. However, Yashi preferred real conversations with her husband wherein they could discuss how their days were and what kind of people they met. She even liked to know what new her husband did in the office as he was in a creative field. But, opposed to her wishes, every evening of her husband was spent in watching yet another movie instead of making productive evenings. He might be learning something out of the movies, yet he was not actively participating in life.
Why Evenings are Important?
Evenings are the most beautiful time of the day. When you wake up in the morning, you have a long day awaiting you. You need to plan your day meticulously in order to fit in all the things you want to do. As opposed to this, evenings are quite relaxed as most of the day has come to an end and together with it, many tasks. Evenings are such a phase of the day when you can do things that are dear to you.
While some people prefer to work out in the evening, some devote this time to reading. Soak in the beauty of the setting sun and a soothing breeze to extract time for your own self in the evening. You might have lived for others for the entire day, but live for your body and soul as the sunsets. Successful people make the most of their evenings to further their career and add value to their personality.
How to Utilize Evenings Better?
Evenings need to be utilized and made more productive by doing your favorite things. You can do anything that you like during this phase of the day. However, to make productive evenings, you need to keep alternating your routine. You can chalk out a planned time table to make sure that you do not get bored out of the same thing every day.
1. Exercise to Unwind
I can understand that working out after a hectic day at work is difficult. However, I am of the opinion that working out releases the tensions and worries accumulated in your body. Choose a workout that you love. Be it aerobics, yoga, brisk walking, gym, or anything that you prefer – each has its own benefits.
When the workout is fun, you gain energy out of it. And instead of getting tired, you feel good. Not only this, working out in the evening keeps you healthy and fit, especially if you are not able to take out time for the same in the morning. Further, it helps you lose weight faster if you desire to. Exercising on a regular basis even helps in keeping your creativity alive and boosting your confidence as well. It makes you flexible and strong too. With the advent of technology, our jobs have become sedentary. Hence, it is required that you keep moving your body throughout the day.
2. Connect with Outside World
And what do I mean by ‘outside world’? The outside world is one that exists beyond your immediate family and office. There is a world that you are not akin to on a regular basis. You need to include them in your daily humdrum. And why should you do this? You might be meeting new people related to your work on a daily basis. However, you even need to meet people who are not related to your work, at times. Such people keep you updated about another world – things that you are not aware of.
When you meet such people, do not do the usual chatter. Think of questions that are different and unusual, but not weird. Every person has a life story, a unique one. They might have lived a life that is totally different from yours. Ask them questions on their journey. You might learn a new thing out of this conversation or you might get to know how their journey has shaped their behavior and nature. You need to be patient when you listen to such people. Interruptions might change the route of the conversation.
3. Get Inspired from the Unusual
Yes, you visit exhibitions and get-togethers related to your work and interest. However, have you visited one that is totally different from the ones that you usually attend? You might think that such exhibitions will not turn out useful to you. But, you never know what awaits you there.
For instance, you are a writer. You usually visit the writer’s meet and creative conclave happening in your city. You meet hundreds of writers at such events – you might even get to make friends. But, if you are looking for work, then visit technical exhibitions and industry confluences. You will meet people who are looking for writers like you at such places. Do not do the usual thing every time. Go out of your way and embrace something new. Successful people seek inspiration from unusual places and unexpected events. It even adds to your skills like problem-solving, managing crises, finding talent, etc. After returning from work, you need not park yourself at home – get out and get going.
4. Make the Right Choice
Being a social individual, you are invited to gatherings and events regularly. However, you need not attend every meeting, instead, choose which to attend and how much time to devote to every meeting. You cannot do everything in one day – meet all the people and do everything that you like. You need to focus on things that will uplift you and add value to your career and personal life. Do not spread yourselves thin in daily routine. Do not miss out on important things in life just to attend a party wherein you will meet ‘important’ people. Make informed decisions on how you want to unwind yourself after work.
5. Choose something beyond gadgets
Television, tablet, smartphone, kindle, and so on and so forth – gadgets are gradually ruining your life. After returning from work, unwind and unplug from technology. Keep your temptations away and spend time in the real world. Read a real book and not the kindle one, talk to a person face-to-face, watch a play at a theatre instead of a movie, etc. This helps you in innumerable ways. Do not become a slave to technology and learn to get away from the virtual world once you return from the office. Invest your evenings in rejuvenating your mind and body.
6. Take out Time to Travel
If you can, once a week, post returning from work, travel to a different place. Travelling brings out the new in you. When you travel, you meet new people, learn new things, try to adjust to a new routine and do things that are different. People who travel can manage their lives better as they learn crisis management, problem-solving during their trips. Yes, you do not get much time after returning from work. What you can do is choose a place that is near to your residence. Or get out on a Saturday evening and return on Sunday. This gives you much time to explore a destination.
7. Take Refuge in Nature
Nature has all the answers – it knows everything. Spending some time in nature is therapeutic. Ever thought of an office that is under a Banyan Tree? In fact, when I was young, I used to sit by the window in the classroom and yearned to study in the garden. Yes, with all of the classmates. Nowadays, most of our time is spent indoors, amid four walls. If you do not unwind in nature once a day, you might end up with health problems.
Sitting in the lap of nature with no technology accompanying you can be quite good for your health. With rising levels of stress and pollution of different kinds in the present age, you need to take refuge in nature at some point in time. You might find solutions to many problems that you face in your routine life. And I am not asking you to just meditate amid nature. There are different activities that can be done as well – go for a nature trail; opt for hiking, river rafting, etc. You can even learn to climb trees. All these things boost your energy and give you a break from your air-conditioned offices and artificial lights.
8. Learn Cooking
Just like spending time in nature, cooking is therapeutic as well. It helps you learn an art that nourishes your body and keeps you healthy. My father-in-law always tells me that cooking is as much science as it is artistic. You need to maintain that fine balance. In fact, he has taught me many things in the kitchen. When I cook, I like to get lost in the wok and the spices. I never ever found cooking boring. Cook to keep your body fit, unwind yourself, please your family and friends. Cook to keep stress at bay. Just cook!
9. Invest in Hobbies
Evenings are the best time to invest in hobbies. When you spend evenings doing something that you like, you feel good about the rest of the day and the next morning as well. Your craving to do something for yourself is satiated by following up on the work with a favorite hobby. And your hobby need not be related to work at all. It can anything and everything which you like. You can even enroll yourself for professional classes to improvise your hobby. Else you can learn Reiki, Yoga, Tap dancing, Singing, Playing Guitar, or any skill you desire to. The time that you invest in yourself never goes down the drain. It might not help your career directly but it certainly helps improve your own self. And when you are charged up, your professional life is sure to get a lift.
9. Groom Yourself
Attention Males!!! You should not skip this point just by reading the word ‘GROOM’. Grooming is as much the need for males as it is of the fairer sex. Evenings are the right time to get some grooming done. You desire to relax and unwind after a hectic day at work, right? Then, why not kill two birds with the same stone. While you relax, pay attention to your grooming needs. Women, trim and file your nails while some fresh mashed fruits sit on your face. Men, trim your beard and also your nails with some mud-pack on your face. When you look good, you feel good and your confidence definitely receives a boost.
Also Read: 15 Simple Grooming Tips for Men
10. Sleep Early, Sleep More
Hit the bed on time, if not early. When you unplug from the gadgets early, you can time your sleep. And when you sleep on time, you enjoy uninterrupted long sleep. Such sleep charges you up and ensures a good morning. Sleeping is very important for good health. It is even required for a productive professional day that awaits you. Nowadays, social media has been nibbling on sleep time. This, in turn, affects the health of the people, without them being even aware of the same. Follow the cues from the lives of successful people all around the world – take a good night’s sleep for a great morning routine. This certainly influences the quality of your work in a positive way.
10+1 Think About the Day that Went by
Yes, this +1 is quite essential. You can do anything and everything in your evenings that you want to, need to and have to. But, you should not forget this one. This is very much important for your career and personal life. You must have set some goals for your life. When you return from work in the evening, think about your entire day – right from the time you wake up till the time you go to bed. This activity is best performed right before closing your eyes for healthy sleep. Every day, think about things that you did that will take you closer to your goal. This is a part of mindfulness. When you are aware of the way you spend your every day, in fact, every hour, you strive to be more productive. You try to extract the most out of your life.
In the End
Not just mornings, evenings, or afternoons, you need to be yourself throughout the day. Your personal life should further your career and your profession should add value to your personal life. Both are an indispensable part of your life – whether you are an actor, sportsperson, entrepreneur, or a work-at-home professional. Every role that you play should further your life goal in some way. And evenings are the best time to reflect on this, right!!! Happy Evenings to You!