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How To Be Productive at Night

By: Mariah Rogers
Sep 27, 2020 • 6 min read

Calling all Night Owls!

Some of us are morning people, and others…not so much. With COVID presenting unconventional work situations, many employees have the flexibility to work wherever and whenever it is most comfortable and convenient for them. This is a massive bonus for readers who have dreamed of breaking the 9-5 routine! You shouldn’t feel constrained to work your regular hours because most likely, your coworkers are utilizing this freedom and flexibility to their advantage, too. Some of us are just more productive at certain times of the day, and that’s okay! As long as you are still available during regular work hours, you can work on personal projects and other goals on your own time. This is a great technique to try if you have been looking for inspiration to jumpstart on new work projects. Here are some tips to be productive at night.

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Don’t Over Stimulate

What does your typical morning routine look like? If you are anything like me, it might consist of taking an ice-cold shower after a workout and loading up on coffee before hitting the books and brainstorming content ideas. All while juggling household chores and helping run errands for local neighbors in need during this time! While I love the go-go-go momentum this routine gives me, I try to practice a less stimulating routine when working at night.

Set The Tone

Set the tone for your nighttime work session by preparing your workspace and getting organized. Keeping with the relaxing theme mentioned above, make sure that your space is focused and calm. Try these tips to set yourself up for a productive and relaxing nighttime work session:

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Let Your Team Know That You Will Be Available

Chances are, you’re not the only one taking advantage of having a more flexible work routine and schedule. So, reach out to your coworkers, teammates, and subordinates to let them know you will be online during your nighttime work session and open to productive collaboration. This will help you keep in contact with your team outside of regular work hours, and build a trusting, flexible environment for everyone. Just be sure not to pressure anyone into thinking they have to work after hours; some are happy with the typical 9-5 routine!

Benefits of Working at Night

There are many benefits of working at night, especially if you are someone who is working from home and quarantining with family, too. Here are some of the perks you might be able to enjoy by implementing an hour or two of uninterrupted nighttime productivity:

  • Quiet house, no noise for ample productivity
  • No need to leave the house and interpret your work session
  • Less phone calls/visitors to your home
  • No errands to run due to establishments being closed
  • More time during the day to run errands and enjoy family time
  • More flexibility and work-life balance

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Schedule Set Work Time

Scheduling in set work time can make for a more productive work session. Let your family and friends or roommates know that you will be dedicating the next few hours to uninterrupted workflow. This will help ensure that you get a few quiet hours to yourself to get your work done. This will also make it easier for you to get into your new nighttime work routine. Sticking to a set schedule can help your time feel more focused and organized.

Wind Down

For those who get stressed by having to multi-task during the day, working at night can be a great alternative. Make sure to set yourself enough time to prepare for your workflow session before the beginning. Use this time to finish up household tasks and answer those lingering messages and phone calls. Practice a nighttime routine and make yourself comfortable before beginning. This will eliminate the anxiety of rushing through your work session due to tasks you need to complete to prepare for the following day. 

  • Finish cleaning/end of day routines around the house
  • Shower/put on pajamas
  • Answer all texts/return all phone calls
  • Prepare for the next day by picking out an outfit/meal prepping

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