A morning routine may get all the glory but what about afternoon routine ideas?
As a busy mom to a busy toddler, I know how all about that afternoon slump we can hit after lunch. But I also know I don’t have time to be out of commission. The afternoons are a very important part of my day. It is when I do my content writing while our daughter takes her afternoon nap and it’s also when I prep our home for dinner and family time.
Morning and evening routines are great for us and our kids but having a solid afternoon routine can go a long way in helping with our household productivity.
As a tired momma, I know it is so easy to have a snack in the afternoons even if you aren’t hungry, and sit and scroll through social media wasting a lot of valuable time. Having a snack is okay and having a break is okay too but we will talk about those things and doing them in a way that really fuels you.
Having a solid afternoon routine can be a game-changer and help you reach those neglected goals. In this post, I’ll be discussing the components of an effective afternoon routine specifically for work-from-home mommas but many of the tips apply even if you don’t have a home business. Motherhood is work!
The What Of An Afternoon Routine
Before we dive into the specifics of an effective afternoon routine, it’s important to understand what it is and why it matters. An afternoon routine is a set of habits and activities that you do consistently in the afternoon to help you stay focused and productive. It can include things like exercise, meal planning, and goal-setting, among other things. Having a routine in place can help you avoid decision fatigue and ensure that you’re making the most of your time.
Importance of Afternoon Routine
An effective afternoon routine is crucial for anyone who wants to be productive and achieve their goals. Without a routine in place, it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose focus. By having a set of habits and activities that you do consistently in the afternoon, you can stay on track and make progress towards your goals. Additionally, an afternoon routine can help you recharge and refocus, which can be especially important if you have a busy evening ahead…hello Dinner and getting the littles to bed!
- An effective afternoon routine can help you stay on track and accomplish your goals.
- An afternoon routine is a set of habits and activities that you do consistently in the afternoon to help you stay focused and productive.
- Having a routine in place can help you avoid decision fatigue and ensure that you’re making the most of your time.
It’s All In Those Habits
The middle of the day is often a time when we can feel sluggish. That afternoon slump from lunch.
One of the benefits of having a routine is that it can help you establish good habits and feel re-energized to tackle the rest of your day. By doing the same things at the same time every day, you can build healthy habits that will become automatic over time. For example, if you make it a habit to take a short walk after lunch every day, you will start to crave that activity and it will become easier to do.
Another benefit of having an afternoon routine is that it can help you stay on track with your goals. By scheduling time for specific tasks or activities, you can ensure that you are making progress towards your goals every day. For example, if you want to improve your fitness, you can schedule time for a workout every afternoon.
It’s important to note that everyone’s afternoon routine will look different. Your routine should be tailored to your own needs and preferences. Some people may prefer to use their afternoons for work or study, while others may prefer to relax and recharge. Depending on the amount of time you have I recommend both.
To create an effective afternoon routine, it’s important to identify your goals and priorities. Think about what you want to accomplish in the afternoon and what activities will help you achieve those goals. Think about the time you have around naps or your family’s activities. And what your work day normally looks like. Then, create a schedule and stick to it as much as possible.
Overall, having an afternoon routine can be a powerful tool for improving your productivity and well-being. By establishing good habits and staying on track with your goals, you can make the most of your afternoons and feel more fulfilled and satisfied with your life.
Importance of Afternoon Routine
As a mom who values productivity and maintaining high energy levels throughout the day, I have found that having a structured afternoon routine is essential. Otherwise, I wander around the house not flitting from one thing to another in a slight fog not really accomplishing what I want to. Not only does it help reduce stress and promote a positive mindset but also helps to end the day with gratitude.
By having a set routine in the afternoon, I am able to stay focused and motivated, which in turn improves my productivity. Instead of wasting time trying to figure out what to do next, I already have a plan in place and can get right to work.
In addition, having an afternoon routine helps me maintain my energy levels. By taking breaks at regular intervals and engaging in activities that promote relaxation, I’m able to avoid the mid-afternoon slump that so many of us feel.
Reducing stress is another important benefit of having an afternoon routine. By incorporating activities such as Bible reading or exercise, I’m able to clear my mind and reduce tension, which helps me stay focused and productive throughout the day.
Finally, having a structured routine in the afternoon helps promote a positive mindset. By engaging in activities that I enjoy and that bring me a sense of accomplishment, I’m able to end the day on a high note and feel good about what I have accomplished.
Components of an Effective Afternoon Routine
An effective afternoon routine is essential for maintaining productivity and reducing stress levels. Here are some key components to consider when building your afternoon routine:
Physical activity is an important component of any afternoon routine. It can help boost energy levels and improve overall health and well-being. After lunch is no time for an intense workout but taking a walk around the neighborhood can be great for your digestion and helps clear your mind. I find a little outside time and light exercise after lunch also helps our little one nap better.
You can also try a little stretch routine or some power poses to reinvigorate you.
Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining energy levels and productivity throughout the day. Be sure to prioritize healthy snacks and meals that provide sustained energy, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I usually do have a light snack sometime in my afternoon routine. Fruit with high water content, like watermelon, has proved to be a good choice as hydration is also so important.
If you find yourself feeling sluggish a nice glass of lemon water can also help.
Work and Productivity
Afternoon work and productivity can be challenging, but it’s important to stay focused and motivated. Prioritize tasks and create a structured workflow to maximize productivity. I take a short break after lunch to spend time with our daughter outside.
Ideally, I would love to work from 9 until lunch but I’m so busy with our daughter for the first half of the day that I don’t get my work block of time until our daughter goes down for her nap at 12:30. So we have a little bit of an early lunch, a short break, and then she is down. That’s when I get to work.
I have some water and then make an iced matcha latte with oat milk which gives me the energy to get to work. I have my work scheduled prepared ahead so I know just what I need to do.
Sometimes it is good to change locations for your work if you need reenergized too. Try moving to the dining table or outside or the living room floor.
*Pro Work From Home Content Tip
If you are working from home on content in the afternoons like I am I highly recommend having drafts with the info you need already saved ahead of time. This has helped me so much especially having such a short amount of work time during nap time. I need to be ready to go. So here is what I do ahead for article and blog post writing:
- I use RankIQ for keyword research so my topic, title, and schedule are ready. It’s a game-changer for real!
- Then I either use Koala AI to write a draft for me on the keyword phrase or I use chat.openai.com to help me with research.
- I create a Google Doc with the title, keyword phrase, and all the info and then get to work.
- I also have a content calendar planned ahead of time with the publish dates.
I want my content to be in my voice and authentic to me so I only use AI to help me get started so I am not staring at a blank page. When I get my afternoon work block to write it is so much easier to dive into getting the content written when I already have ideas and research ready.
Think about ways that you can prepare your work environment and tasks ahead of time to make it easier. It gives me more quality time with each family member later in the evening.
Relaxation and Mindfulness
Taking time to relax and practice mindfulness can help reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being. Consider incorporating activities such as deep breathing exercises or a quick power nap into your routine. I rock our daughter before I put her down for a nap and start work so I try to use that time to breathe, be quiet, pray, and practice gratitude.
One advantage of having my work ready to go when I sit down at my desk is more time for little breaks.
Reading and Reflection
Taking time to read and reflect can help stimulate creativity and improve focus. Prayer journaling and Bible reading have been helpful to my afternoon routines. Also, taking a few minutes to assess how things are going and check in with my goals.
If I can fit it in reading a few pages of a helpful book or watching a motivational video are favorites of my afternoon routine. The best afternoon routines usually include some kind of quiet time for yourself. You know this is hard to get as a busy mom but so important.
Preparation for the Next Day
Preparing for the next part of the day can help reduce stress and improve productivity. Consider creating a to-do list or prioritizing tasks for the following day. This is something I like to do before leaving my home office. Again it goes back to starting the next tasks ready to go without wasting time trying to figure out what I need to be doing. This consistent time allows for better sleep because I already know the important tasks I need to get done. It gives me a great start the next day. Having consistent routines for each time period can help you have quality sleep and balance your natural circadian rhythm.
Managing Energy Levels
Managing energy levels is crucial for maintaining productivity throughout the day. Be sure to stay hydrated and take breaks as needed to avoid burnout. If you are extra tired consider using your afternoon routine time to rest and do whatever refuels you.
When you have work that needs to be done, taking a break can be hard. But maybe you need a nap some days if you have had many restless nights in a row or just an abundance of overwhelm.
Even if you are trying to get sleep and eat well, mom life can be super exhausting. If you know your energy levels will be low in the afternoon try to plan low-energy tasks that still have a good payoff to help yourself feel accomplished and build momentum.
Some lower energy task ideas are:
- Doing a brainstorm and writing things down that you want to get done in the next week.
- Wash dishes and pick up toys.
- Prep for dinner time.
- Eliminate unneeded emails.
- Create graphics or look for relevant stock images.
I have even taken my showers in the afternoons on many days and put on clean clothes for that energy boost to get more done. It helps me avoid that mid-day slump.
Make a list of afternoon snacks that are well balanced to keep your energy up and keep that water bottle close by so the early afternoon feels like the perfect time to get things done rather than veg out. A healthy snack can really give you a pick-up.
Distractions can be a major source of stress and can derail productivity. Consider disconnecting from technology or finding a quiet workspace to minimize distractions. Working from home the distractions for me are often home tasks that need to be done.
One way I count down on this is by cleaning in the mornings when I am with our daughter. Then after my work block in the afternoon, I can just do a quick pick-up before dinner. Make sure you know the most important thing and do that.
A tip I have used to remind myself to read instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media is to move my social media apps to the second page on my phone and the reading apps to the first page. This makes it harder to get to the social media apps so I have to think about if that is what I really want to do with my time.
By building these afternoon habits into your general daily routine, you can create a structured and productive afternoon that sets you up for success and helps you feel more energized.
You can also practice transition rituals to help you stay on task. You can use a bell to let you know when to move from one activity to another for instance.
In conclusion, establishing an afternoon routine can be a great way to boost productivity, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. Throughout the post, I have shared some tips and ideas for creating an effective afternoon routine that works for you.
It is important to remember that everyone’s routine will look different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It is essential to experiment with different activities and schedules to find what works best for you.
Some key takeaways to keep in mind when creating your afternoon routine include:
- Prioritizing self-care activities such as exercise, reading, and relaxation
- Breaking up work into manageable chunks and taking breaks when needed
- Incorporating healthy snacks and staying hydrated throughout the day
- Setting goals and intentions for the afternoon to stay focused and motivated
By implementing these strategies and making afternoon routines a consistent part of your daily routine, you can set yourself up for success and achieve your goals with greater ease. Our daily lives can be stressful as moms but a daily afternoon routine can help so much. It’s an effective way to be more productive while also sneaking in some self-care.
Keep your routine simple so you stick with it. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a great idea for an afternoon routine?