Productive Things Before Bed that aren’t Netflix

Desiree Peralta

Improve your least productive hours of the day with these basic ideas

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At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve seen every romantic movie on Netflix.

The confinement has completely changed my daily routine since 2020.

During the first two months of confinement, I think I was the least productive person in the world. I did the bare minimum at work, I rest, slept, and watched a lot of Netflix.

Honestly, I would not change it, I needed a break for so long from daily work. But after two months of doing absolutely nothing, I started wanting to change my daily routine.

I must clarify that watching Netflix is not bad, sometimes we must rest and do something that clears our minds. But making it part of our routine doesn’t do us any good in the long run.

So if you are one of those who after work sits in a chair to watch series for long hours, consider changing your routine for one of these.

Work on a Hobby

Is there something you like to do? Or maybe you’ve wanted to do it, but ‘you’ve never had the time?’ Consider doing it.

Working on hobbies you like before sleep is a great way to release stress and be happier. This happens because your mind is focused on doing an activity you like.

Having a creative hobby is associated with positive work-related traits, like creativity on projects and a better attitude on the job. So having a hobby outside of work could help you perform better your 8:00–5:00 schedule.

It doesn’t matter what hobby you choose, take an hour of your night just to work on this skill. The important thing is that you enjoy it and feel that it is something that will improve your day.

I even consider that it is better if this hobby is different from your work and your daily routine, in this way you would be developing another part of your brain.

For example, I am a software developer, the hobby I chose was learning photoshop and lightroom since I am passionate about photography. While my work requires a lot of analytics, my hobby brings out more of my creative side, and thus develops both parts of my brain.


Did you know that Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, learned how to build rockets by reading books? And he’s not the only CEO that makes reading a regular habit.

One study found that just six minutes of reading reduced stress by up to 68%. Also, reading helps you with creativity and relaxation.

And the best thing about it is that the content of the book is not important. It doesn’t matter if your book of choice is by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or J. K. Rowling, fiction or reality, it could be even trash as long as you find it completely absorbing.

Because when the mind is immersed in a world built by words, the tension evaporates and the body relaxes, paving the way for sleep.

I recommend that this hobby be the last activity you do in the day. Because reading helps you sleep better.

In addition, as it’s recommended not to use electronic devices for at least 1 hour before sleeping, reading a good book can help you break the cell phone habit and rest your eyes and brain.

Do a self-care Routine

Self-love and self-care are the healthiest habits you can do to yourself. There are many routines that you can do for your personal care, starting with your hair to your feet, and you can be as creative as possible.

At least once a week I dedicate the evenings to myself. Every week I do something different. It can be a foot massage, face masks, nail care, or do my hair.

All these activities improve your personal care and self-esteem, since trying to improve your body increases your desire to look better and healthy.

Meditate or do Yoga

An evening yoga session can be beneficial to your well-being and sleep quality. Yoga helps to relieve aches and pains.

Also, Yoga sessions help your mind relax as you work on your flexibility and strength. Also, there are several studies that reveal that Yoga helps you with stress and anxiety.

Meditation has also a lot of benefits. If stress has you anxious, tense, and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace.

Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment.

Write about your day

Before sleep, is good to write in a journal. Not the “dear diary” style, just try to put all your thoughts of the day there.

Keeping a journal is a practice that will help you process the day and make sense of all your thoughts. Keep your journal on your nightstand and each night take a few minutes to review the triumphs of your day and write down what you are grateful for.

Write about your day have a lot of mental health benefits, from helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns. Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them. Providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors

Don’t make it a boring experience. Think of it as a nocturnal meditation, with two minutes of reflection on the best things of your day, and writing them will transform your thoughts when sleeping and waking up.

No matter what was the most important, put it on the list and prepare your mind for a restful night.

Final thoughts

Watching one more chapter of that series seems tempting, but is it really worth it? After two months of using it daily, I have realized that is not. There are many other things I can spend my time on that help me grow personally.

Currently, I use it on a Saturday afternoon when I want to relax my mind or on specific occasions with my family.

There are also many other things you can do that help your mental health and your peace and also have a good time when you no longer have to work. What are you doing that you think is productive after a long day?

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