Winter has been a drag. The weather is cold and dreary. The days are shorter, and it seems to be dark all the time.
Then, the “winter blues” start to set in, and you may find it hard to do anything besides curl up under a blanket on your couch and watch episode after episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix. Don’t just let winter beat you down, though. Here are eight tips to keep your productivity up throughout the winter season:
Working out can help all sorts of things in your body. It produces endorphins that improve your ability to sleep. It can also help relieve any tension you have from those stressful holiday times, and it helps improve your overall mood and self-esteem. Sitting around all day can make you feel tired and depressed, but adding a bit of exercise helps you feel energized and ready to take on the world!
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Not getting a proper night’s sleep can mess up everything. Even sleeping too late can negatively impact your routine as well. A long-term lack of sleep can lead to depression and moodiness, as well as more severe problems like memory issues and a weakened immune system. All of these symptoms can have severe impacts on your productivity.
- Get Outside
Yes, it’s cold out, but a little dose of Vitamin D can be just what you need to get you through the day. Getting just 10 minutes of sunlight per day can boost your mood and help reverse seasonal depression. Even if your winter blues aren’t quite that severe, sunlight still brightens your outlook on life.
- Be Social
If you’re already feeling down, keeping to yourself and wallowing isn’t going to help you any. Make sure you socialize. Have a weekend spa day with some friends or sit with co-workers every day at lunch. Humans need socialization to keep us happy, and you can’t be productive if you’re miserable.
- Watch What You Eat
Comfort foods that are high in carbs are always tempting in the winter to make you feel full and warm. But watch how much you’re eating those during the week. Carb overload can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, and it’ll make it hard to get your work done. Leave the big meals for the occasional weekend splurge.
- Set Goals for Yourself
Whether it’s at work or at home, set goals for yourself to accomplish over the winter. Volunteer for a new project at work or reorganize your closet like you’ve been meaning to for years. Your initiative to take charge and check something off your to-do list will help you push through and get things done quicker.
- Stay Healthy
Cold and flu season is upon us, and it’s hard to avoid it when everyone around you is sniffling. There’s nothing worse for productivity than getting sick, though. Make sure you wash your hands frequently, take vitamins and even get a flu shot to try and ensure your health throughout the season.
- Check the Weather
Winter and wild weather go hand in hand. If there’s going to be snow or other severe weather the next day, you want to be prepared to leave early enough to get to work safely. Being stressed and panicked about driving in adverse weather or being late because you didn’t plan ahead doesn’t help productivity.
If it’s cold where you are, make sure you dress appropriately for the environment at your workplace, too. Being comfortable is key when you’re working, and you don’t want to be distracted by your shivering and chattering teeth. See if you have access to the thermostat or find someone who can change it if it’s really unbearable.
Now, bundle up, follow these tips and take on this winter season!