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I am working as a computer programmer in a government firm. My job timing is 07:30am to 02:30pm. I leave for work at 7:00am and come back to home at around 04:00pm. After reaching home, I usually have snacks, nap and just relax. I sometimes go for walking at around 07:00pm. I go to bed at around 11:00pm. I am feeling as if I am not doing any productive things at home. Could anyone help me and let me know the best things to do in home to be more productive in life?

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A really good question (+1). But that doesn't hide the fact that i'm so jealous of your work timing! :) – Ebenezar Nov 7 '13 at 12:47
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I don't know what is productive means for you. So I want to give you two suggestion-

If you only want to use your spare time in useful manner at home then you participate in following given activities which are also helpful in future to increase your income and make you more talented in different areas.

1. Finally start that one thing you’ve been putting off forever
2. Take a day off
3. Skydive
4. Learn how to salsa
5. Swim with dolphins
6. Take some pictures
7. Spend more time with your family 8. Write a poem
9. Knit a sweater
10. Volunteer for charity
11. Grow your own vegetables
12. Make a list of your goals
13. Play with your pets
14. Watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy back-to-back
15. Read a book
16. Sleep under the stars
17. Go for a hike
18. Research your family tree
19. Go swimming
20. Start a blog
21. Bungee jump
22. Draw something
23. Send a message in a bottle
24. Shower under a waterfall
25. Do origami
26. Take a course
27. Learn a language
28. Go away – far, far away
29. Exercise
30. Swim in the ocean
31. Learn about astronomy
32. Plant a tree
33. Catch a fish
34. Eliminate your debt
35. Make a hole in one
36. Play in the rain
37. Walk bare foot in grass
38. Play in the rain
39. Visit a new country
40. Learn how to play an instrument
41. Eat slowly and really taste your food
42. Mow the lawn
43. Sponsor a child
44. Drive a convertible with the top down
45. Watch TV all day (the good stuff – no talk shows!)
46. Learn how to sail
47. Start a mastermind group
48. Bake special brownies or cookies
49. Take up croquet or crochet
50. Start a nudist colony
51. Make a stranger smile
52. Fly a kite
53. Clean out your closet
54. Look for shapes in the clouds
55. Write your story, the true one
56. Dance
57. Skip rocks
58. Make granola
59. Mediate
60. Learn how to say no
61. Walk your dog, twice
62. Give a foot massage
63. Whittle
64. Pick up litter
65. Watch the sunrise/sunset
66. Rock climb
67. Have a baby or play with one
68. Fly first class
69. Take a nap
70. Turn off all electronics
71. Ride a unicycle
72. Make your own clothes
73. Play board games
74. Make friends with your neighbours
75. Go camping
76. Write a short story
77. Take the scenic route
78. Buy a crystal
79. Learn a random new fact online
80. Mow the lawn
81. Take a trip around the world
82. Be a mentor
83. Go whale watching
84. Ride in a hot air balloon
85. Draw on a wall
86. Have a candle-lit bath
87. Make music
88. Paint a picture
89. Visit Area 51
90. Learn how to mix a fancy drink
91. Test drive your dream car
92. Visit the house you grew up in
93. Try stand-up comedy
94. Write a script
95. Go tobogganing
96. Make a YouTube channel
97. Go to Disneyland
98. Tell someone you love them
99. Visit a wonder of the world
100. Give thanks

Or If you only want to earn only money in your free time at home. Then here we go, as you are a programmer then by doing following given activities or suggestions you can earn money

(remove extra "h" from "hhttps" to use it as a link, copy and paste in your browser without extra "h")

1. Facebook Sweepstakes - Visit the Sweepstakes App h
2. Make Money From Any of Your Strange Talents or Abilities - Visit Just A Five h
3.Write Articles on HubPages - Read this article to learn more h
4.Sell Your Photos Online - Visit 123 Royalty Free to sell photos
5.Sell Your Homemade Crafts and Products Online - Visit Etsy
6.Answer Questions For Money - Visit WebAnswers
7.Pick Up Freelance Work - Check out Guru h
8.Selling Things You Already Have on Amazon and Ebay - Visit Amazon and Ebay h
9Teach English Online - Check out ESL Jobs World h
10.Trade Stocks Online - But do your homework first about this

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@Andriod developer: This list is definitely entering into my sticky note! – Ebenezar Nov 7 '13 at 12:49
I like mowing the lawn as much as the next guy, but not sure it warrants a double inclusion – Tahlor May 8 '15 at 21:46

A few things you could focus on...

  • I assume if you leave for work at 7am that means you get up at around 6am and you mention you go to sleep at around 11pm, make sure you're having dinner at a reasonable time so you get a good sleep (4-6 hours before bed). 7 hours sleep may also not be enough, so you may be a little tired and therefore not engaged in the evening.
  • I usually find that once I've eaten it's all over, being productive in the evening after dinner is tough, taking a walk can help (which you mention you sometimes do). When I go for a walk I listen to a podcast which helps inspire.
  • Don't try to be super-productive every evening, give yourself some down time as well.
  • You don't mention what you're trying to be productive doing. Is it actually something that interests you? If it is house chores then try a schedule, it'll help to keep you on track.
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Exactly, pick one thing you would like to do and try a schedule. – srnka Oct 29 '13 at 11:46

I see that you have a lot of time after reaching home: From 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Why don't you prepare a routine for yourself from around 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm where you can do something you like, your hobbies, your interests etc.

Still you will be left with a lot of time to relax.

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I've found that doing things to prepare for the next day is super helpful and actually helps me sleep better at night. For me:

  1. Make sure clothes are ready
  2. Make sure food is ready
  3. Prepare water (I drink a lot of water!)
  4. Pack whatever I need to pack for next day
  5. Catch up on email
  6. Turn on/off various things around the house ....

My list goes on --- mostly the basics for keeping things moving smoothly and that take up some of my brain nice to have them written down and showing up daily. I just check them off each day and my brain is much more open for focusing on other things.

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The best way to ensure that you are being productive is to have clear goals. As a programmer, you might want to teach yourself a new language or technique, or you might have a pile of paperwork that needs to be sorted. One goal that I have is keeping my tiny apartment clean and organized.

Once you have a clear goal of something you'd like to accomplish, make time for it. I schedule at least 20 minutes every evening to washing dishes because that's the household chore that backs up the most. I have also been spending at least an hour reading through articles that I have saved to read later, and usually spend another hour reflecting on my day (journaling, marking completed tasks, and updating my daily time logs).

Bottom line: structure your time. Unstructured time will more or less disappear (there are benefits to having unstructured time, but you asked about being productive).

Keep in mind, structuring time isn't just for big things like learning a new language. You don't have to plan too much in advance. I try to make what I call my "five-things" list: every night, I list out five things that I want to make sure I do the following day. It's a tough habit to build, but it really helps with that feeling of aimlessly wandering around, wasting time at home without requiring you to take up some super ambitious project. Case in point, my five-things for today were wash dishes, watch the season premier of a show I've been wanting to watch, write a blog post about a new coding technique, schedule a haircut, and buy a pack of gum.

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If you worked real hard, afterwords, there is nothing wrong with being "unproductive" I go to work at 7 in the morning and get home at 4. If my friends don't have anything planned like tonight, ill lay in bed and maybe study astronomy which is a hobby of mine and look at stars once the night falls. If you don't have "unproductive" moments you will burn out and be useful to no one.

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If your family (no matter big or small) is of working people then each one expects to share a bit of work among each other rather then putting the entire pile of chores on one or two people.I think this also could help improve relationship among people besides being productive.

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Are you practicing the Getting Things Done system? That is, write everything you've ever wanted to do or need to do into a large list.

You should have a long list of what to do from this.

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