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Developing The Daily Wins Habit

“Small wins are a way of practicing how to be more effective, but also how to savor life.” — Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit”

Whether you’re striving to achieve a big project milestone or simply looking to create a sense of accomplishment in your daily routine, the Daily Wins Habit can help you stay focused, motivated, and on track towards your goals.

What is the Daily Wins Habit?

It is a productivity and goal-setting tool from Agile Results. It involves prioritizing three achievable wins each day, with the aim of channeling your energy and attention towards what truly matters.

By practicing the Daily Wins Habit, you can rise above the noise and distractions of daily life, create clarity in your day, and infuse meaning into your to-do list.

The Daily Wins Habit is a versatile tool that can be applied to all aspects of life, from personal goals to professional projects, and can help you stay focused, motivated, and on track towards your goals.

How To Practice the Daily Wins Habit

I’m going to explain how to do this with email, but you can use pen and paper or any digital notetaking method you prefer.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each morning, write yourself a new email titled “Today.”
  2. In the email, list your three wins for the day at the top. These should be specific and achievable goals that will help you feel accomplished at the end of the day.  You find your three wins for today, by simply asking yourself, “What are my 3 Wins for Today?”
  3. Below your wins, list any appointments or meetings you have scheduled for the day. This helps you orient yourself to your schedule and gives you a sense of how your day might go.
  4. Next, make a simple to-do list of tasks you need to accomplish that day.
  5. Finally, under a “Reminders” heading, list out anything that’s on your mind that you don’t want to forget.

This process should take no more than 3-5 minutes, but it’s an incredibly effective way to “design your day” and start in a mindful way. By identifying your wins for the day, you’ll have a clear sense of what you want to accomplish, and you’ll be better equipped to deal with distractions and stressors that come up throughout the day.

Even if you never look at the email again, the act of organizing your thoughts and goals for the day can be incredibly empowering. And if you do start to feel overwhelmed, you can always check your email again to remind yourself of your wins and regain your focus.

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How To Build Trust In The Workplace

If you’d like your organization to succeed, you must foster mutual trust between all team members. But this is easier said than done. Only 1 out of 5 HR and engagement leaders believe their employees deeply trust company leaders, and 50 percent of employees said they don’t think HR is trustworthy.

Trust is essential for in-person teams and remote workers. Without it, any employee is likely to be less motivated and productive. In fact, workers at high-trust companies report 74 percent less stress, exhibit 50 percent higher productivity, and experience 40 percent less burnout.

How To Build Trust in the Workplace

Here are nine of the best strategies for fostering an environment of trust in the workplace.

Listen First

Your employees are unique individuals who have their own ideas and viewpoints. Ask them to speak their mind, and when they do, genuinely listen. This is the foundation for positive workplace relationships built on mutual understanding and trust.

To improve your listening skills, it’s a good idea to engage in active listening training. This involves making a deliberate effort to ask your employees questions and encourage them to elaborate more so you can truly understand what they’re trying to communicate. There are opportunities to listen every day. For instance, set aside some time in meetings for employees to discuss their work experience and how they’re feeling. Remember that you should be ready to listen to both positive and negative feedback, and that you need to demonstrate you’re open to their feedback whether you agree with it or not.

Request and Act on Feedback

HR professionals and managers can’t be everywhere to capture valuable employee feedback at all times. But employees want a voice in their organization. To help them trust you, do what it takes to capture their feedback and take prompt action.

You should solicit feedback on a continuous basis: only 10 percent of employees are satisfied with yearly requests for feedback, while 64 percent want a way to provide feedback at any time. Look for a feedback solution that incorporates pulse surveys so you can frequently gather input from team members and open an always-on, employee-driven feedback channel like a workplace chatbot.

Once you gather feedback, analyze the results to identify hotspots. You can then act quickly to shore up weak areas before they become serious problems. Be sure to communicate the results to your team promptly and work with them to determine what actions you can take to improve their experience in the workplace. Building a collaborative action plan demonstrates transparency and helps employees feel valued.

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How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for CRE Jobs

The fact is, having a paper resume isn’t enough to be hired in commercial real estate (or any industry, for that matter).

You want recruiters to recommend you? You want companies to notice you? You want to be hired? Then you need to change the way you think of a resume. Because, in a broader sense, your resume is your CV plus your social presence (aka LinkedIn).

Therefore, it’s absolutely essential to maximize the impact of your LinkedIn profile to properly display your fit for the job you want and get you the interview. LinkedIn is jam packed with features and tools to help you stand out as the right candidate.

No, LinkedIn isn’t the whole picture. Yes, you still need to craft a CRE resume that stands out, network, partner with a recruiter, and interview prep. There’s more to a job search than social media. But optimizing your LinkedIn for CRE is without a doubt an essential part of the equation.

So, let’s dive into how to get the most out of it.

1. Headshot

The first impression is always going to be your headshot. We’re visual creatures, and a good headshot is going to get you more clicks than the competition. It should be:

  • Professional
  • Flattering
  • High quality
  • Not a selfie
  • Current

2. Headline

No, this is not where you put your current job title. Yes, that’s what most people do. But your goal isn’t to be like most people; it’s to stand out and craft a LinkedIn profile for the CRE job you want.

It’s the first thing recruiters and hiring managers see. It’s not hid by a see-more button. And it helps categorize your unique value. In short, it’s prime LinkedIn real estate.

Your goal is to aim for a line that combines your current and previous functions and expertise along with the job title you want. Be specific to help identify your specialty. Communicate both what your specialty is and what you offer a prospective company.

In other words, don’t just leave it at “Property Manager.” Instead maybe opt for, “Accomplished Property Manager in Senior Housing Leveraging Tech Systems for Max Results.”

3. Your About Summary

So many commercial real estate professionals get confused at this point. This isn’t where you copy and paste boilerplate about your company, your job description, or your resume. This is where you tell the story of your experience and accomplishments.

List the property and project types you’ve focused on. For example: retail, ground-ups, mixed-use, etc. And don’t stop there! Add the scale and scope of these projects to give employers a better sense of what your baseline experience is.

Any specialties like LIHTC or senior living? What about cold-storage or high-rise office? Where were these projects or assets located?

4.  Network

Yes, you should have a lot of contacts. Doesn’t quality matter? You betcha! But quantity does, too.

Ideally, you’d like recruiters to see that 500+ tag on your profile, but they should at least see you’ve networked with 200 or more professionals in the industry to let them know you’re committed and well nestled in this industry.

Update your status often to stay in the feed and open networking opportunities. Frequent profile updates increase your visibility and search ranking, so check in every week or so to spark conversations.

And join LinkedIn groups, too. These don’t just look good on your profile; they also provide a forum for improvement and advancement in your market. There are several LinkedIn groups every CRE professional should join. So, start plugging in.

5. Categorize Properly

LinkedIn allows you to choose a category that best fits your industry and specialty. Explore the options and select the one that fits best. The names of categories have evolved over the years, and some may still need improvement. But choose the best one for your industry category.

Previously, LinkedIn categorized Commercial Real Estate under “Leasing Non-residential Real Estate.” But there is now an option for “Real Estate” and “Real Estate and Equipment Rental Services.”

6. Expertise

Don’t skip the certifications, education, and experience sections if you want to make LinkedIn work for your CRE job search. State your credentials clearly. If you have a CPA, say so. List any and all previous positions that demonstrate proficiency in your target field. List your honors and awards. Include any CRE-related tech and software experience that may set you apart, such as:

  • Sage
  • Procore
  • Yardi
  • MRI
  • Adobe Suite
  • Lease Matrix
  • Argus

7. Keywords

Don’t forget to set up your LinkedIn profile for CRE recruiters. Keep hiring managers in mind when writing. Sprinkle in keywords associated with your market and industry.

The Recommendations section is a great place to do this, too. One thing that can enhance profile visibility and searchability is recommendations that contain relevant keywords and phrases. It improves your SEO and increases your chances of appearing in relevant search results for your target job.

For those commercial real estate professionals in search of the next advancement, putting the thought and effort into optimizing your LinkedIn for CRE keywords and specialties can make all the difference. With a little thoughtful optimization, you can help recruiters and hiring companies find you, better identify your value, and qualify your expertise in ways that will set you apart and land you the CRE job you’ve been looking for.


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Signs You’re Being Overworked And What You Can Control

In our “hustle and grind” culture, there’s a thin line between being dedicated to your career and being overworked. I’m all for diligence and excellence—but not at the cost of reaching burnout. And of course, there are seasons when you have to put in extra hours to get a big project across the finish line. But life’s too short to tread water every single day. Sooner or later, you’ll start to feel like you’re drowning.

The truth is, you can make good money and do something you love without working 60–80 hours a week! Here’s how to tell if you’re being overworked so you can make a plan to change it.

Signs You’re Overworked

Being overworked can show up differently for everyone. After all, we each have a different tolerance for stress and the demands of our job. But in general, here are seven common signs of being overworked.

#1: You Have Trouble Disconnecting

In our fast-paced and wired world, we have 24/7 access to our work—it’s sitting in our pockets! Technology is completely interwoven throughout our lives, making it difficult to disconnect from the job. We’re always “on,” and—even worse—our leaders sometimes expect us to be available at all hours of the day. This constant stimulation and pressure of being on the clock makes it difficult to truly unplug and rest.

My friend and fellow Ramsey Personality Dr. John Delony explains, “You can actually become addicted to stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, that your brain releases when caught up in constant stimulation.” Insane, right? We can actually become addicted to overworking because of the stress hormones it produces! But we’ve all been there. We wake up and reach for the phone, check our email obsessively, and run around with our heads spinning because we’re caught on a technological hamster wheel.

#2: Feeling Like You’re Always Behind

The ironic thing about overworking is that it makes you less productive—at work and at home. When you spread yourself too thin, you can’t focus on anything that lights you up and fills your tank. And when your job requires extra time and attention, you can fall behind in other important areas of your life: physically, relationally, spiritually. You may no longer have the energy to hit the gym or be able to enjoy a deep conversation over dinner. And maybe even going to church on Sunday can feel like a drag. If you no longer enjoy activities that keep you feeling balanced and well, this vicious cycle of overworking can make keeping up with even basic, everyday tasks impossible.

#3: Your Health Is Declining

Your body will send signals that you’re overworking, whether your mind pays attention or not. Are you experiencing these common physical symptoms of overwork?

  • Exhaustion, brain fog and difficulty concentrating
  • Stress—feeling tense and on edge
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Weight gain or loss and poor eating habits
  • Insomnia or oversleeping in your free time
  • Body aches and mysterious pains

Listen to your gut. Let your body speak for itself—it’s trying to warn you! If you’re feeling one or many of these symptoms, it’s time to pay attention. At first, you might not think this is a big deal. But over time, you could develop some serious issues, like heart disease.1 And increased stress can lead to harmful addictions like alcoholism.

4. You’re Counting The Hours

There’s an objective measuring stick to figure out if you’re overworked: how many hours you put in each week. Sadly, 50-, 60- and even 80-hour workweeks are the norm in many work cultures.

There are always exceptions—I get it. You might be a teacher who puts in more than 40 hours every week for long stretches of time. Or maybe you’re a medical resident with a grueling schedule for the next couple of years. The point is, a healthy balance between work, recreation, relationships and rest is essential for long-term happiness and productivity. An 80-hour workweek just isn’t compatible with a well-rounded life.

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15+ ChatGPT Prompts for Job Interview Prep

Wouldn’t it be great if we all had a personal job search assistant? Someone we could turn to, anytime, for assistance in our careers?

Well, we may not have that at our disposal, but we do have something almost as good: technology. And while it can’t solve all our problems, it can certainly make our lives—and job searches—easier.

ChatGPT is one of those handy tech tools in our metaphorical career tool belts. If you’re heard the buzz around ChatGPT, or tried it already, here’s how you can use ChatGPT prompts for job interview prep.

Best Practices for Using Chatgpt to Prep for a Job Interview

Before you get started with ChatGPT in your job search, keep these general rules in mind:

  1. Avoid sharing confidential company information: If you signed an NDA during your interview process, it’s best to avoid pasting anything confidential or sensitive the company shares with you into ChatGPT, as OpenAI does sometimes collect and save data to improve its model.
  2. Add context: This can be anything from your background or working style to background on the company or role—the more details you provide, the better it can work in your favor. And remember that you can continue the conversation to get a more specific answer, and ChatGPT will learn as you go and build its answers off of everything you’ve said previously.
  3. Trust your gut: Like any tech tool, ChatGPT has its flaws and may not always produce the right answer. If something seems off or you’re uncomfortable following the chatbot’s advice, it’s best to lean on another source for a gut-check, be it a friend, family member, mentor, or career coach.

35 ChatGPT Prompts for Job Interview Prep

Ready to turn ChatGPT into your personal virtual career coach? Try out these prompts for job interview prep.

Prompts for Any Job Seeker

  1. I’m interviewing for [job title] with [company/type of company]. What skills, attributes, or previous experiences are useful to talk about in my interview?
  2. Here’s my resume: [resume text]. What should I bring up in a job interview for a position as [job title] at [company/type of company]?
  3. Here’s my cover letter: [cover letter text]. What should I bring up in a job interview for a position as [job title] at [company/type of company]?
  4. You’re the interviewer for this role: [job description]. Can you come up with 3-5 interview questions based on this job description?
  5. You’re the interviewer for this role: [job description]. What are you looking for in a hire when interviewing them?
  6. You’re the interviewer for this role: [job description]. Conduct a mock job interview for me.
  7. I’m interviewing for [job title] at [company/type of company], and this is part of the job description: [section of the job description in question]. What does this responsibility entail?/How do I showcase this skill in an interview?
  8. Ask me [interview question you want to prep for], and I’m going to provide an answer. Give me feedback on my answer as if you’re the hiring manager: What elements of my story stood out? What pieces were missing? Given interview best practices, what did I do well, and what could I do differently?
  9. I’m interviewing for [job title] and expect to be asked [question you think the hiring manager will ask you]. What’s the best way to answer this question?
  10. How do I best answer [common interview question] if I’m interviewing for a role as [job title] at [company/type of company]?

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Self-Care Ideas to Help You Reset

Does anyone else find themselves needing a hard reset, a re-focusing on wellness? But we’re not talking about detox diets or lavish spa days—we need real, sustainable self-care ideas. After these past few years, we are all carrying heartaches that no amount of face masks and bubble baths can heal.

That’s because taking care of ourselves is difficult. Especially if we have other obligations: family, work, pets, bills, homes—the bare minimum can feel excruciatingly out of reach sometimes, and self-care just adds another thing to the list. But we can re-frame our perspective around taking good, true care of ourselves by remembering that self-care is as simple as self-respect. Going to bed early, saying “no” to that second beer, gazing upon something green and lush instead of a taunting cursor on an empty Google doc—these are all simple ways we can practice respecting ourselves.

I’ve learned to sit down on Sundays and plan self-care for the week ahead. For the days I have a lot going on, or know that I’ll be zonked from too many Zoom calls, I schedule something that I *already plan on doing* as self-care, like playing a video game, snuggling my rabbits, or drinking herbal tea. This is a powerful reminder that self-care doesn’t always look like one more thing, but rather it’s a framework that exists already in my daily routine.

Below, you’ll find 99 ideas for taking care of yourself on a budget, because so many of us, in our self-care deficit, are watching our spending this year as well. As you pick a few of the below practices, remind yourself that they’re specifically meant to be caring and nurturing activities. (And when you’re done, be sure to hop to the comments and share what works for you!)

And it’s okay if you feel like you haven’t got it all “quite right.” Some days, I believe I’ve come a long way from self-loathing—and some days I’m right back inside it, engulfed by it. We’re human, and those days happen. Rest up, and try again tomorrow.

At Home Self-Care Ideas

1. Wash your bedding, towels, robes, and curtains. Once you’ve re-fitted them in their proper places, breathe deeply. Remind yourself that stagnancy and sadness aren’t permanent. We all just need a little tumble-dry sometimes.

2. Clear off every surface in your home, and wipe it down. Consider this a practice in clearing away mental clutter.

3. Reorganize your closet with this goal: I want to feel joy when I open this door. This isn’t a chore that needs begrudgingly crossed off your list; it’s engaging your creativity in order to enjoy your daily routines more thoroughly.

4. Change up the layout of your home, even if it’s just nudging the couch a little to the left. Disrupt your flow in a positive and proactive way.

5. Clean out your purse or everyday bag.

6. Wipe the leaves of your houseplants to give them a lovely shine. Place them in the sunshine, and while you’re at it, sit in the sunlight with them. Soak it in.

7. Create a meditation corner.

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4 Daily Habits for Personal and Professional Growth

I’ll bet that if you’re reading this, that means you’re ready to level up in your personal and professional life with daily habits. Am I right?

Listen, folks. The typical routine of wake up, go to work, come home, watch TV, go to bed, and do it over again the next day isn’t going to help you reach your big goals. If you want to be successful, you’ve got to build the habits of successful people into your day. This means being intentional with your time every day. No more coasting on autopilot.

This might sound like a big undertaking, but there are a few simple actions you can take daily to set yourself up for success—in your career, health and relationships.

The Top 4 Daily Habits to Set You Up for Success

Note: These daily habits of successful people aren’t shortcuts—they’ll require some discipline—but I promise doing these things will pay off. Whether you want to pursue a new career direction, take your current position to the next level, or simply grow as a person, practice these daily habits for success and you’ll see real results and opportunities coming your way.

#1: Create a Morning Routine

Get into the daily habit of making a morning routine for the week and the weekends. Starting your morning with a predictable and purposeful rhythm can really set up the rest of your day for success. To set a morning routine, ask yourself a few things:

  • What wake-up time makes you feel best?
  • Do you need exercise first thing in the morning, or do you prefer a slower start?
  • What’s your morning drink of choice? Water with lemon? Coffee? A smoothie?
  • Do you need quiet time to reflect, or do you jump right into the day’s to-do list?
  • How do responsibilities with kids or pets affect your morning? Do you have school drop-off duties? Do you need to take your dog for his morning walk?

#2: Arrange a Purpose for Your Day

What’s the most important task you need to accomplish today? Who do you need to be for your family or team? Do you want to work on having a good attitude by being friendly to the barista or your coworkers? Should you finally mail the paperwork that’s been sitting on your desk a little too long? Do you need to call your brother and confirm holiday plans? Whatever the thing is you need to do, make it a priority, and then get it done. Successful people prioritize what’s urgent and important.

#3: Move a Little Every Day

If you’re not a gym rat, that’s okay. But moving your body is super important for your overall wellness—and your daily success. Exercise can boost your mood, help you stay alert and energized, and even reduce stress (which is perfect when you’re preparing for a high-pressure meeting). Take a walk around the office building, use the stairs instead of the elevator, stretch during your lunch break, or hit the gym after your shift. Successful people know that a healthy body equals a healthy mind.

#4: Preserve Your Key Relationships

There are only so many relationships you can pour into on a daily basis. Your most important relationships might include your spouse and kids, and maybe the person you work with closest (like a manager or assistant). Regardless of which relationship it is you’re trying to maintain, here’s a tip: Part of building healthy bonds is practicing the art of listening—so lend an ear to the special people in your life.

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What’s New in the California CRE Market?

What’s new in the world of California CRE? Right now, the commercial real estate in general is in flux. And this is particularly true in the California market.

Technological shifts and evolving use patterns are changing the ways buildings are built and used and sold. The concept of the office has been forever altered with work-from-home becoming more and more prevalent. Without a doubt, CRE is rapidly changing.

In California, there is concern about a recent slowdown. Some are concerned about a CRE recession. The market has certainly cooled down from the bull market of previous years. But recent commercial deals show a lot of activity, some positive, some negative. The California CRE market is complex, and recent developments in sales and construction reflect this dynamic.

Below is a look at just some of the new activity, deals, and developments in commercial real estate for the California market.

California CRE News Roundup

  • Intuitive Surgical, a medical device manufacturer, acquired properties in Santa Clara in late 2023 as part of a large plan to develop a 1.17-million-square-foot campus. This deal totaled $157 million.
  • 99 Cents Only filed for bankruptcy in April, 2024. The liquidation will vacate 3.8 million square feet of retail space in Southern California.
  • Marcus & Millichap closed a $27 million sale of The Abbey Food & Bar and The Chapel at The Abbey in West Hollywood last month. The iconic nightspots were sold to Tristan Schukraft, who intends to continue their legacy.
  • Thousand Oaks neighborhood saw the sale of a 400-unit apartment and townhouse portfolio in December, 2023. The sale totaled $171 million.
  • Disneyland received final approval from the city of Anaheim for a $1.9 billion expansion in April. This massive plan will include restaurants, hotels, and a complete redesign of the Disneyland theme park. This represents Disney’s largest investment in the attraction since the 1990s.
  • Goodman, a global industrial property and digital infrastructure specialist has broken ground on their new Goodman Commerce Center. The 500,000-square-foot development is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
  • The University of Southern California released their new Casden Real Estate Economic Forecast in Q4 of 2023, forecasting a 2-4% increase for apartment rents in all SoCal housing markets over the next two years.
  • The Mission Rock Partners development team recently held the grand opening of China Basin Park. The 5-acre waterfront park is intended to be the new central gathering place and regional destination for the Mission Rock neighborhood.
  • Disney announced in Q4 of last year that they will invest $60 billion in their theme parks and cruise business, an infusion of capital for their California operations as well as other locations.
  • The California Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on the constitutionality of a ballot measure intended to reverse Los Angeles’ real estate transfer tax. Advocates argue that Measure ULA has significantly reduced multi-family sales.
  • The Santa Ana Development, a shovel-ready property less than a mile from downtown Santa Ana, recently sold to a local investor for $1.16 million.
  • Downtown’s The James recently sold for $74 million. The luxury apartment complex located in downtown San Jose was transferred at what is considered a bargain price.

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What Makes an Effective Manager?

An effective manager is crucial for driving business results, from engagement and belonging to productivity and retention. We know it’s top of mind for most HR leaders, but what does it take to really move the needle and increase the number of effective managers at an organization — and what are the outcomes?

Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, Chief Workforce Scientist at Achievers recently joined Marcel Schwantes, host of Love in Action Podcast, for an in-depth discussion on how to improve manager effectiveness to drive better employee and business outcomes.

This 45-minute comprehensive podcast, The Foundations of Manager Effectiveness, dove into findings from Achievers Workforce Institute’s latest report, Empowering people leaders in the new world of work, and provided key takeaways that HR leaders can action today to improve and empower manager effectiveness in their organizations.

What makes a manager ineffective?

If your managers are not prioritizing contact, recognition, coaching, and professional development, they’re falling short. Research has uncovered a direct correlation between manager effectiveness and belonging. Managers who don’t foster a sense of belonging among their employees won’t be as successful. Achievers Workforce Institute found that:

  • Individuals who feel a deep sense of belonging at work are more likely to experience greater job satisfaction, better mental health, higher levels of productivity, and lower levels of both fatigue and emotional exhaustion.
  • Manager effectiveness and sense of belonging have a strong positive correlation. Employees who would recommend their manager are almost twice as likely to have a strong sense of belonging, compared to average, and over five times more likely than those who would not recommend their manager.

What makes an effective manager?

There are four pillars of an effective manager:

  1. Contact
  2. Recognition
  3. Coaching
  4. Professional development

When employees say their manager is good at one of the above factors, it doubles the likelihood that they would recommend their manager. When all four are present, mNPS scores (a measure of whether or not an employee would recommend their manager) almost triples.

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25 Things to do After Work

At this point, I think everyone is burnt out on blabbering about burnout. And as much as you’re likely invested in and value your work, sometimes (and often!) you need to take a break. “Working for the Weekend” is a banger of a song, but it’s no way to live a life! The ways you engage — or disengage — after work are critical for your well-being. Think about it: Your after-work time shouldn’t be defined simply as the time after working ends. There are countless ways to maximize your time after work! Here are 25 things to do after work to make your post-work evenings (aka your 5-9) feel a little more like carefree weekends.

  1. Refresh your location, whether that looks like walking around the block, commuting home, or simply switching rooms. Just get the heck away from where you were working and enjoy an environmental reset.
  2. Meet a friend at your favorite cozy bar’s happy hour and make it home in time to relax and unwind. Friend’s tied up? Grab a book and indulge in a solo martini or mocktail.
  3. Pop into a store that’s not a typical stop along your rotation and thus feels more like a treat.
  4. Start tackling that big home project you’ve been putting off. Even if you only have time to tape up your borders and can’t actually start painting walls until Saturday, putting a dent in the prep work adds up.
  5. Treat yourself to an ice cream. Craft homemade sundaes or try a new flavor with creative toppings at a parlor.
  6. Head to the movie theater and snack on popcorn and candy for dinner. Everything in moderation!
  7. Take your workout outside. Find a spot in the yard, on the sidewalk, or at a park and work through your typical routine in the fresh air.
  8. Spend time working on a creative hobby. Try out some low-stakes painting, sketching, cross-stitch, or collage. It’s not about the end result, but rather the process of letting time fade away while you focus on creativity for creativity’s sake.
  9. Indulge in a hot shower or long bath, pop on clean pajamas, and then switch out your sheets for a fresh set. Light a soothing candle and unwind in the flame’s glow.
  10. Embrace your inner kid. Cook one of your favorite childhood meals (or grab some of your favorite childhood snacks) and watch a notable film or series from your youth. I’m talking about Capri Suns and “A League of Their Own.” I’m talking about a bowl of Apple Jacks cereal and “Clarissa Explains It All” (on Paramount Plus!).
  11. Museums frequently offer free or discounted admission on certain weeknights. Make a night of your visit.

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