Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a commission if you purchase through them.You’ve just had a long day at work and you’re totally ready to come home and sit on the couch and turn on the TV.
It can be really easy to let time pass quickly during those few hours before bed but it really isn’t all that productive and that time can be put to better use. We all only have 24 hours in a day to get closer to our end goals so use it wisely!
30 Productive Things To Do Before Bed Instead Of Watching Netflix
Instead of watching TV and sitting on the couch doing nothing, here are 30 things you can accomplish and do to be productive and check some things off of your to-do list.
1. Do your laundry
Do you ever feel like there just never seems to be enough time to get the laundry done and your hamper of dirty clothes won’t stop piling up?
If you’re a single person, it’s relatively easy to do your laundry but when you have to juggle a family of multiple people soiling their clothes constantly (especially if you have kids!), this can be a total nightmare if you aren’t smart with your time.
Instead of procrastinating and getting more anxious, get your laundry done whenever you have a free moment here and there.
If you have an en-suite laundry in your home, this is great because you can multi-task and do other things and get your laundry done in between. If you need to go out to do laundry, force yourself to get off that couch and just set a date to get it done! I promise you’ll feel much better after it’s done!
2. Practice an instrument
If you’re musically inclined and have a favorite instrument that you like to play such as piano, violin, or flute, practice your skills so that you don’t lose it.
3. Take an online course
Taking an online course is another productive way to use your time wisely.
You can enroll in a program to get a designation or certificate related to your work area or even get a whole other degree on the side if you already have one!
It’s a great way to upgrade your current skills so that you’re more competitive in the work place, to show your boss you’re ready for a promotion, or to change your work field entirely if you’re not currently happy where you are.
4. Clean the house
Just like laundry, we can often procrastinate and feel like not cleaning the house. After all, you’re tired from a long day of work so it’s totally understandable that you just want to rest on the couch!
If you’re the type of person who gets anxious from seeing clutter and things out of order in your house, getting rid of garbage lying around and making sure all of the dishes are clean (just to name a few things) can make you feel a whole lot better after you’re done.
Cleaning the house is also actually quite therapeutic and can help put you in a calm state of mind once you get into it. It can also a great time to multi-task if you listen to audiobooks while you clean.
5. Do a light work out
If you’re a person who doesn’t get much exercise during the day because you’re mostly sitting, getting in a light work out a few hours before bed is a great way to add that healthy habit into your day.
I don’t recommend a heavy work out before bed because your mind might become more active and you’ll have a hard time sleeping. Instead, do a light work out such as taking a stroll outside or do some light body weight work outs.
6. Read a book or listen to an audiobook
Instead of watching TV, a great way to spend some time before bed is to work on your self-development by reading self-help and personal growth books. Check out my post on 10 awesome self-improvement books you should read this year so you can start crafting a life you love.
If you’re more into fiction books, immerse yourself in a great fiction book and start sparking your imagination by immersing yourself in a whole other world.
Whether it’s non-fiction, fiction, or autobiographies that you enjoy, reading is a great way to expand your mind and improve your reading and writing skills.
Don’t like reading books? I recommend getting an Audible membership to listen to audiobooks! Click here to try Audible for free and you’ll get 1 free audiobook as a nice bonus.
7. Get up to date with the news
Keeping up to date with what’s happening in the world is so important if you want to have a greater understanding of why things work the way they do, be able to converse about a wide range of topics with other people, and to also not sound ignorant!
You can keep up with the news by reading the newspaper and following news outlets on social media without having to turn on the TV.
8. Plan your week
Another productive thing you can do before bedtime is plan out your week. I’m a huge avid fan of writing done my goals and things that I need to get done so that I feel more on top of my day, organized, and more productive with my time.
If you often feel anxious, lost, and overwhelmed by all of the things you have to get done, you absolutely should plan your week because it will help you immensely! Writing things down in a structured planner can really help you visualize your goals and help you list out the smaller baby steps that you need to get there, without the feeling of overwhelm.
If you’re looking for planner recommendations, I highly suggest you check out my list of 15 kick-ass planners to help you get organized.
9. Create a vision board
Along with planning your week, another great productive idea is to create a vision board or dream board of your short-term and long-term goals. This is also great if you’re in a creative field and often get creative blocks.
This is an awesome creative exercise that will help you figure out what your goals are for the foreseeable future and start brainstorming different visual ideas that motivate you to get you closer to your goals.
A fun way to do this is to get a board and start clipping out pictures from the Internet or from magazines and paste them collage-style on the board. Then put up the board somewhere close to always remind you of what you’re striving towards. The process is fun and it really helps!
Meditating is so helpful for the mind, body, and soul that it needs to be on everyone’s list of things to do.
If you feel like you’re all over the place and need to find some calmness and peace in your life, meditate to refocus your thoughts and reset your mind. Close your eyes and take some time to focus on breathing deeply.
11. Spend time with your family and pets
Do you feel like you never have enough quality time spent with your family members and pets?
Take time out of your day before bed to spend time with your loved ones. Instead of watching TV, use this time to bond and really focus all of your attention on them.
That means being totally present, putting away the phone and not thinking about work!
12. Meal prep
Meal prepping is a great way to be productive when you have a few hours to spare at night before bed. By meal prepping, you can save on utility costs and time because you’re preparing a whole batch of food at once which will allow you to have more free time during the week to not have to cook.
This is also a double win if you hate cooking. Just cook everything once, freeze your food into small glass containers, and you don’t have to touch the stove again for another week or at least a few days!
I tend to meal prep on Sundays as it’s my day to get this kind of stuff done and out of the way for the week but you can do this any day of the week.
13. Work on a side hustle
Are you looking to start a side hustle? Instead of Netflixing, just spend a few hours every day to work on your side business. All of it adds up in the end!
If you’re looking for some great side hustle ideas, check out my post on 30 side hustles to earn extra cash.
14. Declutter your home
We tend to accumulate things in our home without thinking about it until we find out we have no more space and we’ve become hoarders!
Instead of waiting until that day, start decluttering your home now so you can free up space and live with less.
You can start with your closet by picking out any clothes that you no longer wear and put them into a pile to donate them or sell them. Then move on to other areas of your house such as the attic, garage, and storage room.
Take your time with this – it doesn’t have to all be done in one night!
15. Re-organize Your Home
Another great addition to decluttering your home is to re-organize your space. If your belongings are out of place and messy in your drawers, or you feel like you can better organize your space so you have a more functional room, you need to Marie Kondo it!
16. Plan a future trip
Are you thinking of going on an upcoming trip sometime later on this year? Taking an hour or so out of your night to plan your future trip, whether it’s the hotels, an Airbnb, excursions, or car rental plans is a great way to be productive and put your time to good use!
17. Do Yoga
If you’re constantly hunched over at your desk working at your computer at your 9 to 5 job, you’re more prone to forward head posture, rounded shoulders, and feeling pain in your back, neck, and other areas in the body. Doing yoga and stretching your body will be so beneficial for you to help counteract that and loosen tight muscles.
Check out my post on how to stay healthy when you work at a desk job for more tips.
18. Clean out your fridge
If you don’t often clean your fridge, you’re not alone!
We all use our fridges to store our fruits, veggies, and other delicious foods but constantly taking out and putting food back in can dirty up the inside quite easily. We even sometimes forget about something that has been in there for a few months!
Take some time before bed to clean your fridge of any spills or leftover spoiled food so you can have a more hygienic and organized area to store your food.
19. Fill out a coloring book
Did you know that coloring books aren’t just for kids?
There are a ton of adult coloring books out there that can help promote calm, release stress, and add tranquility in your day. These are a great addition to your self-care kit if you want to enjoy some quiet time and recharge.
If you’re not into coloring books and you’re more into watercoloring, using pastels, sketching, or digital art, use your artistic skills to create art that you’ll enjoy looking back on. You’ll find that creating art can be quite therapeutic and can spark creativity if you’re stuck in a rut.
21. Learn another language
Another great productive thing to do during the hours before bed to improve your skills is to learn another language.
Being bilingual or multilingual can be very beneficial to your career and can open up many doors for you, including being able to work in multiple countries. So if you’ve been waiting to learn another language, don’t delay!
22. Update your resume
Once you’ve gained new skills and experiences at work or outside of work, spend some downtime to update your resume. It’s a good way to keep track of what you’ve accomplished so far so you don’t forget.
It can also help improve your self-esteem and self-confidence and you’ll be ready to go when you are looking for a new position as you advance in your career.
23. Apply to jobs
If you’re at the stage right now where you’re looking to advance in your career, take some time out of your night to apply to jobs. Even if you apply to just one or two jobs at night, it all adds up.
And if you’re not right now in the market to look for a new job, it’s good to be proactive and see what is currently out there as you never know when a job that you might be interested in pops up!
24. Write In A Journal & Self-reflect
Writing down your thoughts and feelings in a wellness or gratitude journal is a great way to self-reflect and seek enlightenment. You’ll feel more positive and uplifted if you do this regularly.
Here are some of my favorite wellness and gratitude journals that will specifically help guide you in this area and will inspire positivity, balance, and joy in your life:
25. Have a pamper session
We all need to relax and pamper ourselves from time to time so take time out of your busy day to have some quality me time.
Some ideas you can do is to pamper your skin by applying a detoxifying face mask and then a moisturizing mask afterwards. You can also draw yourself a nice bath and exfoliate your body. It’s totally up to you on what you want to do!
Check out more ways you can relax and pamper yourself here.
26. Plan your outfit for tomorrow
If there’s one thing that I hate, it’s to figure out what I need to wear in the early mornings when I’m already rushed to go somewhere.
If you’re like this too, spend some time to figure out which outfits you’ll wear for the next few days or so. It’ll help you save so much time in the mornings and you won’t feel as stressed and pressured to make a decision on the spot.
27. Solve a puzzle
It’s important to keep your brain active and solving puzzles is a great way to keep your mind thinking. You can spend time doing word puzzles, number puzzles (such as Sudoku), and more!
28. Bullet journal
If you’re a combination of artistic and love being productive and getting stuff done, you’ll definitely want add bullet journaling to your night routine. It’s a great way to plan your days, stay motivated, keep track of your mood and habits, and add bits of art and calligraphy – all in one!
29. Create a bucket list
Instead of watching TV, there’s no better time to create a bucket list of things you want to get accomplished in the future.
Do you want to go skydiving? Climb a mountain? See the Northern Lights?
Write all of these things down that you want to do so you have fun things to look forward to in the future!
30. Create Spotify playlists for different moods
Lastly, if you’re really into music and love having different playlists for different moods, you can create different Spotify playlists for each of these times.
For example, you can create a pre-drink playlist, a work out mix, a winding down mix, and a cleaning mix!
Liked this post? Don’t forget to check out my other posts on goal setting and being more productive with your day:
- How To Slay Your Goals This Year & Get Sh*t Done
- How To Stay Motivated To Reach Your Goals
- 25 New Year’s Goal Ideas For 2021 + Why Should You Set Goals This Year
- 15 Kick-Ass Planners You Need To Get Organized
- 6 Ways To Start The Week Off Right Every Sunday
- How To Be More Productive When You Work From Home
- How To Stay Healthy And Sane When You Work At A Desk Job
- 8 Things You Need To Do Before 9 AM For A More Productive Day
- 10 Self-Improvement Books To Read In 2021
What are some productive things you like to do before bed that don’t involve watching TV? Let me know in the comments!