Whether we like it or not, we often find ourselves awake at all hours of the night, struggling to complete various tasks we haven't yet finished in our day. We'd be lying if we said it is a pleasurable experience and it often requires a lot of focus and diligence to keep us pressing forward. Thankfully, there are a few tips that us late-night workers can use to help us get through our work more easily and get us into bed.
The F.lux app works on a simple premise. The computer screen you're staring at is designed to look like the sun. So during the day, it is pleasant to look at. When the sun goes down, however, the screen's light becomes harsh. F.lux controls your monitor's settings so when it turns from dusk to dark, the screen slowly changes color into a more pleasing and soothing light which will be easier to look at during all hours of the night. It uses location-based positioning to adjust your daylight schedule and apply the transitions automatically so all you need to do is set it and forget it.
Improve Your Writing Enviornment
If you're up all night writing, one reason could be because you've spent too much time procrastinating on the internet. Or perhaps you simply require a more peaceful writing environment. Thankfully, there are a few apps out there which are able to grant you the peace of mind you crave! Our favorite is Byword (which we happen to be using at this very moment). It's difficult to describe other than being everything you'd need from a writing tool and nothing more. The interface is unbelievably simple (a grey square where you type and things are revealed as you need them.) Paragraphs fade away as you work your way down through your document. There is also an elegant full-screen mode which helps eliminate all distractions as well as beautiful typographic treatments. The standard amenities such as spellcheck and auto save are also available. If you're not sold on Byword like we are, the app Ommwritier has also received raved reviews.
Watch Your Posture
After sitting at a task chair for hours on end, it is easy for your posture to droop and become poor. It's important to be aware of the tips for better posture for prolonged periods of time. Believe it or not, but simply adjusting the way you sit can help your time spent computing be more productive and comfortable.
Take Breaks Often
Straining your eyes to look at your computer screen for prolonged periods of time is never good. No matter how much work you have to do, it is imperative you take breaks to allow your eyes to rest. Breaks can be a good time to get a bit to eat or drink. We don't recommend taking any of those sugary energy drinks, however. We like to stick with a fruit smoothie to help reenergize ourselves.
When you're up late working on a deadline for the next day, it can be quite a stressful situation to try and complete everything. It's crucial to stay calm at times like these and allow yourself some way to de-stress. We really like the iPhone app Long Deep Breathing. It guides you through breathing exercises as you blow into the microphone. The pacing and intensity of exhale/inhale will help calm your nerves and allow you to plow through the rest of your work and hopefully get some sleep at the end of it.