How do Adult Human Beings get shit done after work?
October 7, 2013 8:11 AM Subscribe
I have an intense 9-6 office job that is mainly editing fiddly details in legal paperwork and talking on the phone about fiddly details in legal paperwork. I'm also in charge of two people. When quittin' time rolls around, I am brain-fried. I'd rather not be so I can do things after work that are at all productive. Ideas?
posted by griphus to health & fitness (52 answers total) 173 users marked this as a favorite
Save for a lull here or there, there's hardly any downtime during business hours, so that's a lot of squinting and squaking. A couple of times a week I come in early or stay late. By the time I get home, walk the dog, tidy up and have dinner, it's like 8:00 PM (my fiancee usually gets home at around 7:30 PM and we have dinner together.)
I imagine this is the situation for a lot of people, but plenty seem to be getting stuff done after work whereas I am spending nights half-paying attention to crime procedurals on Netflix while clicking back and forth between Feedly, Tumblr, Facebook and MeFi until it is time for bed at around 10:30-11:00 PM. I occasionally try to turn off the TV and computer and read a book or something, but I end up spacing out. I feel unproductive and like I'm wasting a lot of time that could be put to better use (or at least to having actual fun instead of what I described above.)
We're going to be having kids in the near future (how "near" hasn't been decided yet, but near enough) so I want to start working on my evening mental stamina sooner than later.
There's additional difficulty in that I have an attention-related condition which is treated but at 6:00 PM, between the treatment wearing off and the workday concluding, my brain begins to turn back into a pumpkin. Also, I can't have stimulants of any kind past early afternoon.