Why You Need to Overhaul Your After-Work Routine

Does your after-work routine go something like this:

You take one step inside, immediately whip off your bra and put on the comfiest sweats you own before settling in front of the TV and ordering takeout? #Same. All of my grand plans for getting ahead of work, doing a load of laundry, and cooking a magnificent Instagram-worthy dinner that would make Betty Crocker cry seem to fly out the window on the commute home.

The solution? Overhaul your after-work routine. If you’ve got your mornings and evenings down pat, it’s time to look at the 5-7pm range to maximize your time and lead a less stressful life.


Step One: Put Everything Away

It takes the same amount of effort to hang up your keys and place your bag in a designated spot as it does to toss them on the floor. Avoid morning can’t-find-my-keys panic by putting everything in the proper place as soon as you get home.


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Step Two: Create healthy habits

No matter how many healthy dinner recipes I pin on Pinterest, when I come home from work, I’m tired, ravenous, and will scarf down an amount of Doritos that would put any teenage boy to shame. During your weekly grocery shop, pick up a few healthy snacks that you’ll look forward to munching on to hold you over until dinner. Sprinkle cinnamon on apple slices or grab a granola bar with as much protein as possible.


READ: 20 Healthy Snacks That Won’t Leave You Hungry



Step Three: Decompress with some self-care

If you come home from a stressful day and want to have a productive night, you need to take some time to decompress. Catch up with your roommates, take your dogs for a long walk, or spend a few minutes with your journal to blow off some steam. The goal is to unwind without a full bedtime routine, just enough to recharge your batteries.


READ: 11 Ways to Practice Self-Care (in 15 Mins or Less)


Step Four: Set yourself for success tomorrow

If I had a dollar for every time I ran out the door with my shoes and jewelry in hand because I didn’t plan my morning routine, I wouldn’t have to rush to a job every day! Take the 10 minutes every night to pick out your clothes for the next day, pack your lunch/work bag, and set your alarm for the real time you need to get up (not the if-I-hit-snooze-five-times time).


What’s your go-to afternoon routine? Let us know in the comments.


This article was originally published on September 17, 2018

  • Nichole Walker

    As a mom that works full time and is also in grad school, my after work routine is always different. My husband also works full time and is pursing a degree too. We have a system where one person makes dinner and the lunches for the next day and the other person plays with our daughter and dog. We all sit at the table and eat dinner together and whoever didn’t cook has to do dishes. The other person gets our daughter ready for bed and then we all have story time together. After she goes to sleep, we take turns doing homework and chores. On nights when one of us is in class, the other person does everything. It’s helped us keep all the chores done during the week and not eat out as much. That way our weekends are free for family time!

  • Hanny

    I put in a load of laundry in the washer while taking my dog out on a walk.

  • Yup, bra off and sweats on – then I tackle dinner, then I work on my blog and any other writing projects I’m doing, then I clean up what needs cleaning, and THEN I veg out in front of the TV for a while. I’ve been re-bingeing Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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  • sometimes I totally get stuck in the go-straight-home-then-plop-on-the-couch. But on my better days, I head to he gym right after work, go to Whole Foods to find something balanced to eat, then work on any hobbies that I love to do.