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My Evening Recovery Routine Family Time + Recovery Time + Prep For Tomorrow

Back in the spring, I was finding a lot of work creeping into my evenings. I was responding to emails while cooking dinner, scheduling calls to help friends in my business program, and needing to finish work that was due that day because I didn’t plan well.

Nope. That was NOT working for me.

I have always been the queen of free time in the evenings, and I reclaimed that for myself right quick.

Here are my evening rules that keep my life sane:

  • I don’t check email after 5pm, unless I’m waiting for something from a specific person that I need to finish something urgent. {Note: I know this may not not viable if you’re still working a full-time job. If that’s the case, set yourself phone-free hours, like you’re off email from 6-8pm, check it once and clear it out, then go phone-free til morning.}
  • I turned off Facebook Messenger alerts on my phone. A lot of friends from my business program were messaging me, and I found it too stressful to keep up with all of them. Now I only check Messenger during the work day.
  • I do not schedule any type of business-related call in the evening – unless for a very special circumstance. Once I interviewed someone in Australia, and another time a friend invited me on a Facebook Live at 9pm to help promote a webinar I was doing. Those are the ONLY times a business call has made sense for me in the evening, since my brain turns to mush around 6pm.
  • I try to stay off my phone from 5:30-8. Exceptions are to call friends and family, take pictures of my son, or look up recipes for dinner. Otherwise, it’s family time.
  • I put my son to bed at 8 and then go get ready for bed. I have no shame about this! I get in my pj’s, snuggle with my husband, read, watch TV, listen to an audiobook, and go to sleep by 9 or 9:30. I wake up refreshed at 5:30.

Do you have phone rules for yourself in the evening, or do you need to implement some? Hit reply and let me know!

June 21, 2019

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