2022 Goal: Staying Productive Despite the Winter Blues

Winter Blues?

Do you feel like your productivity is waning during the winter months?

2022 Goal: Staying Productive Despite the Winter Blues

I don’t know about you guys, but after the holidays are over, I dread the months January through March here in the Philadelphia area.

January can be exciting for planning out new goals and making exciting plans for the new year – in work and in life. However, I always find it hard to stay productive as the days feel shorter and the weather gets colder.

So once we have those exciting new goals in place, and we’re doing our best to work towards them, how do we keep ourselves productive and motivated through the dead of Winter?

1. Put Aside Time to do the Things You Love

I have always found that I have more energy to do the hard stuff and the work that isn’t so exciting when I also take the time to do the things I love… even if it may only be for a few minutes at a time.

You may enjoy reading books, getting some exercise, talking with friends. Whatever it may be, add it into your day and prioritize it. During your lunch break, take 10 minutes to read a book you’re really into right now. Take a quick walk (maybe even outside if it’s not too cold!). Or call your friend on your way home to catch up on life.

Making time to do the things you love will give you something to look forward to each day, and it can also give you an added boost of energy to get all of the other (not so fun) stuff done.

2. Get Moving

We all know that the data is out there naming all the benefits of exercise – improved mood, increased energy, endless health benefits. But let’s be real about fitting this into your busy day.

Waking up early and getting in some physical activity is great, but it’s harder to do so when the sun isn’t shining at 5:30am. Something more feasible may be working in some stretch breaks and quick exercises throughout your day – morning yoga, afternoon desk stretch, walking during your lunch break. Even dedicating a little bit of time can clear your mind and improve your mood.

I’ve always been a big fan of Yoga with Adriene. She shares so many wonderful yoga practices that are beneficial in a variety of different areas for your life, making it approachable and enjoyable for everyone. Here is one of my favorites you can try out – I might even do this on on my lunch break today 😊

Yoga with Adriene

3. Simple Change of Scenery

In my opinion, nothing kills productivity like staying in the same stagnant surroundings. A change of scenery can work wonders for clearing your mind and increasing motivation to complete a task at hand. People working from home these days, I’m sure you can relate to this one.

Many times moving to a different room, finding a new seat or relocating to another office space can trigger a shift in focus that will help you power through the work that needs to be done.

Getting tired of making those cold calls or working on mundane reports? Change rooms, maybe put on some music, sit by a window and start again. Doing this and working in small chunks of 25-30 minutes at a time has greatly improved my productivity. Having something undesirable on your to-do list is something we need to face every day. But if you can commit to doing it for 25 minutes and then you reward yourself with a break, nothing seems impossible.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

Paul J. Meyer

2 Replies to “2022 Goal: Staying Productive Despite the Winter Blues”

  1. Get moving is the most underrated thing to do in this world. Like, we all know how good exercise is for us, but very few actually do it. It gives us the boost we need for every other task we may have. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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    1. Stuart – I couldn’t agree more! This morning I barely had the motivation to get out of bed and get moving, but I managed to do 15 minutes to help jump start my day. Thanks for the comment, stay well!

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