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How To Set A Healthy Evening Working Routine
Ever since I was in Uni I enjoyed studying and working on projects at nigh because it was quiet and the possibilities of getting interrupted by anything (except the garbage truck) where very slim. I don't know if it's that I'm a little A.D.D. but when I get interrupted it's very difficult for me to re-take that point where I stopped and just move forward.

Now that I'm getting older I'm trying to make it a priority to sleep more. When I say that, I mean sleep 8 hours like a normal person as opposed to sleeping 4 like I'm used to. My reasons and motivations are plenty but being fully awake to be with Emma is the strongest one I can mention... Ok! Also aging gracefully is a concern.

Being a methodical creature, I have worked out a system that fits my life as a globe. It allows me to be a lot more productive in my daily routines to cavort at home with Emma and partake in some serious work scheming at night. This might work for you too.

1. Before I even start my projects, I gather all the things I will need to work. That includes coffee (to get my creative juices going), a watch, a notebook (how genius is that one?), pencils and anything that would make me comfortable.

2. I set my timer and stick to working only 2 hours at night. You'd think this would make somebody stressed of rushed but in my case it makes focus. If I know I have 2 hours to work I know leaving all distractions behind is a must and I'm able to decipher codes a lot quicker when the clock is ticking. What now?

3. I keep a notebook in case my mind is haunted with other ideas while I work. It is kind of a trashcan for me. e.g. If I'm working for a client who owns I catering business, my brain can't help but think about what to serve for Emma's birthday. Basically the notes keep me from wandering about any other programs or sites on my computer and reminds me of getting my act together and finally making some serious party-planning.

4. I always work with sufficient light, I already wear glasses but the thought of damaging my eyes any further pains me. It is also proven that the lack of light causes stress and headaches and nobody is a fan of those, right?

5. The morning after is for damage control. (This also works if you had a "tapas" night and copious glasses of "vino" the previous night). After scouting for all kinds of creams last year as I approached 26 I found that Orlane's Anegese 25+ was truly one of the things I needed in my skincare routine, precisely because I was working at night so much. It is tiny and pricey but I only use a drop every morning after cleansing my skin and it works wonders on puffy eyes and sleepy faces in general.

My main advice is that you only stay up late if you truly have to. There's nothing that can help you recover your precious time of rest and not sleeping well can take it's toll on the strongest person alive. I've learned to be wise with my time and say NO to my urge of getting things done so quickly.

Any tips you want to share?

Photography: Hay

21 comments:

  1. Your like my husband he can stay up and get up and get through his day ME oh no if I do not have sleep I am like some crazy mean monster LOL. Have you ever tried spinach smoothies in place of coffee? I know it sounds gross but you can not taste it at all and it gives you LOTS of energy.

    I also keep a notebook always and make list, its what I have to do to get things done.

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    1. My friend, Lena is like that. I usually stay working until late but she goes home early, otherwise she could eat me alive the next morning. I wish I was more like that because then, I'd have a reason to push myself to go to bed early.

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  2. I'm terrible at keeping a notebook... i start and the lose the pen and then lose the book... terrible!

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  3. For me working at night is the best as well. I somwhow love the calm vibe of our flat. I used to work much longer into the night but lately I've swapped my routine a bit so I still can get a good night sleep. Btw: I really need that cream you got yourself. It sounds like a perfect solution for my morning-tired eyes:) Muah, sweetie.

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    1. You have to try it and give me your opinion, Diana. I also love the quiet pace of working at night.

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  4. I love working at night. People thought I was nuts in college because I would only request night classes or late in the day so I would have more alone time and ohhh that precious quiet. I agree tho it took a toll on me. I've had to learn to balance it all. Too much coffee = jittery hands & my mind races more than ever. Steady paced & fitting in lil by lil when you can!

    I love that lamp, and that lil notebook!! =)

    Lemanie's Randomness Blog

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    1. You are so right, Lemanie! Thank you for your comment. It definitely takes its toll at some point. I've had shaky hands before but it was a long time ago after I spent 3 days working with not sleep.

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  5. I used to stay up all night studying and when I studied during the day I would do terribly on my exams. My parents didn't get how I could stay up all night and do well in school. I guess some of us are built like that. Thanks for the tips. you are such a talented blogger but I know you get that a lot.

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  6. This is so great for me. Ever since having Mila...I've had to learn to manage my time for work/projects/house stuff/playing with her and...sleeping. I used to love staying up late. Now of course with her getting up at 6.30, that's pretty much impossible. And the nights where she's not feeling well...it's AMAZING what you can get done with so little sleep!!!! The body is an incredible thing if you think about it.

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    1. First of all, Mila is such a perfect name. You do great juggling everything, Alexa. I also agree that only until you have babies you get to understand how much you can get done with little sleep. I'm still amazed.

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  7. Thanks for this tips!, I really need them...I´m a mess!!!

    Big hugs!
    Inés

    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

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  8. Super smart tips. I'm naturally a night owl but I feel so guilty in the morning if I stayed up till 2 or 3 am. I hate waking up feeling exhausted but I have an impossible time of going to bed early. I, like you, have to give myself a "ok, you have 3 hours tonight and no matter where you are at with design projects in 3 hours, stop and leave it. you HAVE to go to bed, self!"

    Also, since i juggle so many jobs, my desk is always a mess. it helps me to take my morning slow, cleaning my messes from the night before, before i start working for the day. It feels like I am cleaning my space and my mind to take on the day of work ahead.

    xo Moorea

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    1. Moorea, I also try to slowly get into my daily routine but some times I also regret having stayed up until late, specially the days that I miss sunrise. I love sipping a cup of tea outside my deck... but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

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  9. Ana, I needed this!! I completely agree with you. I need to keep an alarm close by or something...I forget to do stuff like...um..eat?? I think I'm just going to have to schedule the little things like, 'eat lunch,' 'walk the dog,' 'clean up small things (like your workspace)' etc.

    Aw! I'm like Ines too! Sigh. We'll learn. Thanks for the tips, Ana!

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    1. Oh my! I forgot I was the only one in the world who forgot to do something so important as eating! Really for me it's difficult to forget because I'm a foodie but there are days were I just want to work and have it all done and then live.

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  10. oh this is great! i could so use more sleep or more coffee.
    we have a move addiction that gets me away from the computer and closer to my bed....i think it helps my brain relax a little to watch a simple movie before bed
    xoxo

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    1. I do that too. Isn't wonderful how we all work the same? I know some of my habits are unhealthy but I'm ok with making efforts for Miss Emma.

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  11. I don't know how you do it. I'm definitely a must-work-in-the-morning person. By the time it's dark out, my brain shuts down. And if I stay up too late, I'm way cranky the next day.

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    1. I know! I'm still trying to figure out which part in me isn't human. My mom says it's because I was born in the middle of the night but she is very superstitious like that. I love her.

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  12. I am so guilty of staying up super late to work! Tying to control it a bit better, but difficult. I like your tips & will try to use them! X

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