Study Finds 11 Most Productive Things You Can Do at 3 am

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Just in case you are having a bout of insomnia again or had too much coffee during the day or simply want to make the most of your time at night, we’ve got some awesome ideas for you.

It’s high time you turn your futile nights into productive ones. You don’t really have to transform into a whole new person or something; all you got to do is bring small changes to the activities you usually do.

Little by little, you’ll get better at it, and you’ll notice that you have started utilizing your time efficiently, making your day easier and less burdening.

In the middle of the day when you’re exhausted from work, have you ever tried saying to yourself “let me rest for now and do some of the work later at night” only to end up binge-watching all episodes of season five of Jessica Jones? You basically have not accomplished anything. The sad truth is you just piled up more work for the next day. You start regretting your existence and all your bad decisions, and you feel guilty for wasting your life. And you can’t help but carry all these negative thoughts to bed.

Stop crying now. The futility of your nights will end today. We (as always) have a rescue plan ready for you!

Here are eleven productive things you can do at 3 am.

1. Read books to enlighten your notorious mind!


Reading works when you can’t sleep. Read a boring book, and you’d be snoring in no time. But if you want to be productive, read a good, interesting book that will not just get you completely engrossed in the material but also teach you a lot. Motivational books and those that will help you grow are highly recommended.

2. Plan your week – plan your life

plan day

Scheduling your entire week is one of the secrets to long-term success. We all know that no plan can be followed to 100%, but you will notice that when you write your tasks and activities down, you get better at completing them. You start accomplishing maybe 30% of your plans at first, 70% after a few weeks, and finally close to or completely 100% with continuous efforts. Discipline is the key!

3. Do your laundry and clean the dishes


You can definitely earn extra time for other meaningful activities during the day when you do your laundry or wash the dishes (or both) at night!

4. Hone your talents!


If you’re a guitarist, compose a song. If a dancer, choreograph a dance routine. If a painter, paint! Or do something creative like making your own unique piece of jewelry. Trust us on this, 3 am can be the time that you are most creative. Who knows you can come up with something great; you’ll surely thank yourself for staying up late!

5. Great time to start a journal!


Start documenting your life in a journal. Fill it every night. Late-night thoughts, especially at 3 am, can be deep and meaningful. This habit will not just give you a sense of satisfaction for expressing yourself in words but also help you plan your life better since you get to reflect on what is good for you and what is not as you write.

6. It’s never too late to become a chef!


Turn to YouTube or other cooking websites and look for recipes for your favorite food or something that you want to challenge yourself with. Select your recipes in advance, buy the ingredients before you go home from work or school, and keep them ready for you are going to transform into a chef at 3 am!

7. Study (because you are a responsible individual, right?)


Of course, studying is still your top priority, especially when you are a student!

8. Window shop online!

window shopping

No shopping allowed (unless you actually need something). Just window shopping, okay? Do this only if you have self-control so as to not shop pointlessly at night (as discussed in the previous article). Look at the new styles for inspiration, check out deals that you can save for, and so on.

9. Ironing clothes – the most postponed task ever!

iron clothes

Of course, ironing your clothes is not the most interesting task, but it’s still an errand you need to do in the morning. So why not prepare your clothes the night before? This will save you a lot of time in the morning and will allow you to come up with cute outfit ideas. You should always look all neat and clean; hence, you need crisp clothes for the day. Iron away!

10. Clean your wardrobe and your messy room!

clean mess

Again, this is a tedious and boring task, but you could spice it up by putting on lively music! Clean your room and wardrobe; believe us, it will de-clutter your mind, too! It is a psychological fact that the mess on your work table and in your room represents the tangled thoughts in your head! And you don’t want that, do you?

11. Sleep!


If not anything else, try to sleep because sleep is above anything else!

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