I definitely stay up late longer than what I’m suppose to considering I wake up without fail at 5:30am every morning. It’s a personal choice and a rather selfish one perhaps but I’ve come to learn that once in a while being opportunistic about your time is not a bad thing.
I’m not the type to bring work home which means once standard parental responsibilities have been taken care of and my wife has chosen to turn in early, I technically have the winding down hours of the night to completely immerse myself with anything photography which may involve editing photos, composing mood-boards, sending out emails, updating the website with new work, blogging, reading, etc. It’s my time to catch up with what I don’t necessarily have the time to immerse myself in during the day.
Which brings me to Thomas Oppong’s point:
The time before you go to bed is golden, as it exists every single day, and it’s usually completely yours to schedule.
Take advantage of this time.
Using that time to pursue something meaningful to you will immensely improve not only your total well being, but sense of self worth.
Extracurricular outlets don’t just boost your sanity — they feed back into your day job and can actually make you more productive.
I’m not necessarily against doing fun stuff like playing videos games which I never do anyways but I can tell you I don’t ever feel I’m missing out on anything because the little time I have for myself I’m spending it on pursuits that provide me with a “greater understanding of things across a multitude of disciplines.” That in itself I feel has made me a better person…the very act of selecting what to direct my attention to consistently.