How to Work Efficiently Late Into the Night

Stop being afraid of the late-night grind

In all honesty, sleep feels so good, it’s something that nobody can get enough of. Would you rather sleep all day or eat your favorite food every day for the rest of your life? Hard decision right? It seems that most people would gravitate to sleep.

This is when our minds are finally at peace and not only our minds but our body as well. Being this relaxed is rare nowadays with the busy work schedules we have along with the addition of scrolling through social media all night long.

When we start on our side hustles or decide to get an early start on schoolwork, we find ourselves only having time to work on most of that work at the end of our day. We have personal needs to take care of along with the work we have to do to stay alive and be able to live a life that doesn’t cause us to suffer.

The reason why we do school and make our way into the business world is so that we can create a better lifestyle than the ones we have now but the only issue with this is that we have to sacrifice a lot of time in order to succeed in those things.

By the time we start or decide to put in a little bit of extra work to make our side hustles grow, we are exhausted by what the day already had in store for us.

It’s not often in our lives where we had to stay up to do something unless we’re out with friends or binge-watching a show on Netflix that has made us addicted. Instead of doing these things on a regular basis, we should focus on our side business and schoolwork so that we don’t have to keep doing it in the future.

Not many people know of the hard work that goes into these hobbies but it’s what makes you stand out from your peers. It’s what keeps you motivated to keep going. So, when you’re at your desk getting ready to fall asleep knowing that you have some more work to do, what do you actually do in order to push through?

Get Your Mind and Body Ready For Late Nights

Let’s paint the picture, you’ve just got off of your nine to five, and you're exhausted. Nothing sounds better than your bed right now and it’s only a couple feet away from you, freshly made too.

In the back of your head, you know you need to do some research for your side business but the other side of your brain is telling you that it can wait till tomorrow.

You’ve been in this situation before where you end up in a cycle of the same thought process every night and nothing gets done.

Instead of giving in and hopping into your bed, you decide it’s time to make a change. This change can start today if you really wanted it to and this process begins with your mind and body.

Do some meditation or breathing exercises to relax your mind into a state of clarity. Having a clear mind will help you not only to remain focused on what you’ll have to do throughout the night but will help you feel energized too. It’s hard to work on your assignments when the sun is going down and with the thought of mean customers running through your mind all day.

The time from when you get home, eat, and get ready to work on your side hustle is the perfect time to meditate. That way you’re not jumping strictly into another stressful situation in your life.

When you look at how your body is feeling through this process you might feel tight or even physically tired. A good technique to use when your body is feeling this way is to do a five to ten-minute stretch where you're focusing on loosening those tight muscles. Feeling tight will cause you to be less productive when you’re sitting at your desk at night trying to figure out your goals for a side business for the next upcoming months.

You’ll want to feel loose while doing this so that your mind is thinking about how much your body hurts and focus more so on the task that's in front of you. The last step you should take into consideration is staying hydrated. When you get home from work, strive to drink mostly water and if you get tired of it easily then add some lemon or a teabag to help switch up the flavoring from time to time.

Set a Goal of What Time You’ll Finish

You want to set a time for when you’ll finish your work at night. If you’re a night owl then you might want to set your time within the a.m. hours or if you're more of a morning person (like myself) then you may want to push yourself anywhere from 11 p.m.- 12 a.m. depending on what your schedule is like.

This is where your planning skills are going to have to come into play, only you know how long your body can go for, and even though you’re deciding to put in some more extra hours to your day it’s vital that you don’t burn yourself out every night.

Keep your body healthy and push yourself more little by little each night until you feel like you’re at a good time to stop. This was my process when staying on a university campus. When I got off from my campus job, I walked back to my dorm and gave myself 30 minutes to an hour to somewhat relax my mind and body into the amount of homework and studying I had to do.

The first night I decided to work up until 10:30 p.m., the night after that I pushed myself until 10:40 p.m. and it went on from there. I stopped pushing myself more once I hit 12:00 a.m. where I decided that was a good place for me to stop each night.

It’s something that I’ve recently added back into my life now that I’m doing schoolwork from home. It’s also important to make sure you’re getting some rest. As much as you want to keep going and work on your side hustle, you need to know when to cut that time off so that you can get at least six to eight hours of rest.

That way, you still have the energy for the next day that’s ahead. Each person is different when it comes to how much rest they need but in order to keep being productive daily, you need to make sure your mind and body are getting the rest that it deserves. Don’t let your passions cause you to start living an unhealthy lifestyle. Remember, health is wealth.

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Pick Out Your Best Work/Study Music

You’ll find that there are many types of music to listen to when taking on late-night work. You want to go with one that isn’t too distracting but still gives you a charge of energy.

A good genre to go with is lo-fi hip hop. This kind of music was made for being background noise when taking on a specific task. This music barely has any lyrics at all depending on what playlist you’re listening to and doesn’t require you to constantly play with the volume like you would with other music.

As you can see, “hip-hop’ is the name and this is the part where you will feel upbeat while you working and will allow you to stay awake during this process.

If you don’t like to listen to music while you’re working then you can listen to some music before you start to get hyped and motivated for the rest of the night. This choice of music is totally up to you and it should be music you find to be positive and motivational at the same time.

Making the decision to work on your hobbies and passions late at night can be the right one if done smartly. Just know that if you really want your schoolwork/side hustles to take off, you have to be willing to put in the extra work. I’ll leave you with a quote from Gary Vee that says

“It’s easy to dream about it … Much harder to execute it ….Work!”

A young adult who’s writing is geared towards self-improvement and self care. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

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