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The night routine can be different for everyone. One of my productive things to do before bed is to have a pamper session – whether it is to apply a sheet mask or have a nice bath.
Instead of watching a series and sitting on the couch doing nothing, here are 12 productive things to do before bed.
Get Up To Date With The News
I have been spending a lot of my time in front of the laptop for the past three years. I usually watch motivational videos or watch badminton games on Youtube after work. There are many “uneducated” shows on TV that can make you entertain and feel silly at the same time.
Even before the outbreak of the pandemic, there is a lot of negative aka toxic news for mental health, especially for children. So, I keep up with the news by following local or international news on social media without having to turn on the TV.
Keeping up to date with what’s happening in the world is so important if you want to have a greater understanding of why things work the way they do, be able to converse about a wide range of topics with other people and also not sound ignorant!
Plan Your Week
Another productive thing to do before bed is to plan out your week or your next day’s task. I’m a huge avid fan of writing down my to-do list and things that I need to prioritize so that I feel more organized and productive with my time.
If you often feel anxious and overwhelmed by all of the things you have to get done, you absolutely should plan your day or week because it will help you immensely!
I use both a physical planner and a digital planner to write down my to-do list. It can help me visualize my goals and also help me out the smaller baby steps I need to get there – without the feeling of overwhelm.
Spend Time With Your Family And Pets
Do you feel like you never have enough time with your family and pets?
Take time out of your day before bed to spend time with your loved ones. That means being totally present, putting away the phone, and not thinking about work.
Declutter Your Home
I tend to accumulate things in my home (especially my room) without thinking about them until I find out I have no more space! I had a lot of things on my work desk, mostly stationary. I managed to organize them and make more space after buying some organizers. Everything looks lovely now!
Start decluttering your home now so you can free up space and live with less stuff. You can start with your closet by picking out any clothes that you no longer wear and donating them or selling them. Then move on to other areas of your house such as the kitchen and storage room.
Fill Out A Coloring Book
Well, you know that coloring books aren’t just for kids, right?
There are a ton of adult coloring books out there that can help you release stress and add tranquility to your day. These are a great addition to your self-care habits if you want to enjoy some quiet time and recharge.
Learn Another Language
Another great productive thing to do during the hours before bed to improve your skills is to learn another language. I plan to start learning Japanese soon and improve my English!
Being able to speak many languages can be very beneficial to your career and can open up many doors for you, including being able to work in multiple countries or working freelance as a translator. So if you’ve been waiting to learn another language, don’t delay!
Update Your Resume
Once you’ve gained new skills and experiences at work or outside of work, spend some downtime updating your resume. It’s a good way to keep track of what you’ve accomplished so far so you don’t forget.
As a blogger, I update my media kit every month. It can also help improve your self-esteem and self-confidence and you’ll be ready to go when you are looking for a new position as you advance in your career.
Write In A Journal & Self-Reflect
Actually, I’m not a fan of journals because it’s still difficult for me to put all my feelings into writing. But I learn little by little to write every day. I feel great after that!
Writing down your thoughts and feelings in a journal is a great way to self-reflect and seek enlightenment. Somehow, you’ll feel more positive if you do this regularly.
Have A Pamper Session
We all need to pamper ourselves from time to time. So take time out of your busy day to have some quality me-time. One idea you can do is to pamper your skin by applying a detoxifying face mask and then a moisturizing mask afterward. You can also have a nice bath and exfoliate your body. It’s totally up to you what you want to do!
Create A Bucket List
Before bedtime, there’s no better time to create a bucket list of things you want to get accomplished in the future.
Do you want to visit your favorite place? Visit Eiffel Tower (that’s me)? See the Northern Lights?
Write all of these things down that you want to do so you have fun things to look forward to in the future!
Solve A Puzzle
It’s important to keep your brain active and solving puzzles is a great way to keep your mind thinking. You can spend time doing word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles 1000 pieces, puzzle games on your computer, and more!
Apply To Jobs
If you’re at the stage right now where you’re looking to advance in your career, take some time out of your night to apply for jobs. Even if you apply to just one or two jobs at night, it all adds up.
And if you’re not right now in the market to look for a new job, it’s good to be proactive and see what is currently out there as you never know when a job that you might be interested in pops up!
There are a ton of productive things to do before bed other than watching TV. You can also plan your meal for the week, meditate or do yoga, do your laundry, read a book, take an online course, and more!
What productive things do you like to do before bed? Let me know in the comments.