It can be hard to stay both productive and motivated in the winter, especially when curling up with a good book or classic movie appears much more tempting. And although hibernation is a key part of the winter season for animals, we don’t get that luxury. In order to stay productive during the cold winter days, here are some habits to try out.
Make It Bright
Naturally we are more productive when we are around natural sunlight, it signals our brain it is time to be awake. However, in the winter it may be hard to be around sunlight each day. If possible, try moving your workstation by a window to be near the sunlight. If that isn’t an option, perhaps look into purchasing a lamp, like HappyLight. These lamps bring daylight indoors by emitting a bright, full spectrum light that safely mimics sunlight but without harmful UV rays.
Make A List
Sometimes we lose focus because our minds are trying to figure out what is the best task to tackle first. Before you begin work, make a quick to-do list of all the things you need to accomplish. By creating the list before you start your day, you have already begun to prioritize what needs to be done. As the day goes on and the emails come in, cross off and add more tasks accordingly.
Take A Break
I bet you were not expecting this tip to be on a productivity list. But it is true, taking time to shut down for a few moments can actually keep you in a more productive state. Instead of working until all your tasks are complete, set a timer for an hour. After one hour of work, take a 5 to 10 minute break. This could be a quick walk, snack break, or even time scrolling on social media. By allowing breaks into your routine, you will not get burnt out and you have set time aside to do things you enjoy, in moderation.
Like many of us, coffee is a necessity to start an ever growing to-do list, however this magical beverage may be causing more harm than good. We aren’t saying give up your morning cup of java, but be mindful when you are consuming caffeine. Studies show that consuming caffeine after 2pm can affect your sleep, making it more difficult to get a proper night’s rest and tackle the following day ahead.
Unlike coffee, water is something you should be drinking throughout the day. Dehydration can make many people feel exhausted, cause headaches and affect focus; all things that contribute negatively to productivity. Keep a water bottle filled by you at all times and sip throughout the day, the visual reminder will help you get your water intake in.
How do you stay productive throughout the day?