We’re smack dab in the middle of a polar vortex and I can’t believe how COLD it’s been outside!! I don’t know about you guys, but since the beginning of the new year, I’ve been feeling a lack of motivation and inspiration and it’s making me more unproductive than I’d like.
I feel more distracted than usual and I have a constant urge to want to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies all day. If you’re nodding along while reading this, don’t fret, because this post is all about how to boost productivity in the winter!
How to Beat the Winter Blues
If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been pretty open about how I’m dealing with some serious winter blues this year and it’s definitely affecting my productivity.
If you’re struggling with the winter blues too, every Monday, I’ll be sharing an awesome tip for how to beat them, so head over to Instagram so you can follow along with the series! I’ve also partnered up with a few of my favourite brands to host some amazing giveaways, so you’ll have the chance to win some awesome items!
If you’re not familiar with the term, the winter blues is a mood shift that happens due to the darker, shorter days of winter. It’s very common and can affect anyone. This year, the winter blues is affecting my work big time. I’m less productive during the day, so find myself working later into the night, which isn’t a good habit.
But I’ve been finding implementing a few key things can help turn my day around and get me back into my working groove! I’m sharing my best tips to boost productivity this winter down below!
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How to Be Productive in Winter (6 tips to Boost Productivity and Mood)
1. Get Outside
It may be cold out, but getting a burst of fresh air can really help your productivity. The air quality inside your home or office isn’t always the best, so it can really help to inhale some fresh, clean air.
It’s also helpful to get away from your desk and a take a break from your work. Getting out into the crisp air and daylight, even if it’s cloudy outside, will help you feel re-energized for the day ahead. Take a quick walk, go grab a coffee, or do some errands on your lunch break. It will help you be more productive the rest of the day.
2. Increase Your Vitamin D
Since we get less daylight in the winter, it’s really important we increase our vitamin D intake. Vitamin D is a key nutrient our body needs to stay healthy, and it also helps improve our mood. We typically get vitamin D from the sun, but when there’s less sunlight we have to look to other sources.
I’ve been taking the Isotonix vitamin D3 K2 and I love it! It’s a vitamin in powder form that you mix with water and it transforms to the same pressure as your body fluid. With the Isotonix system you absorb up to 90% of the actual vitamin (where as pill form is closer to 20% or 30%). It tastes delicious- kind of like sour cherry, and I find it’s the perfect way to start the day!
Exercising is so important for both your body and mind. If you’re feeling unproductive and distracted, exercising is just the thing to get you back on track. Working out boosts your endorphins (the feel good hormones) and also increases your energy and alertness, helping you get more done in less time.
In the winter, it can be easy to make excuses for yourself to not go to the gym, but it’s one thing that can really boost your productivity. If you really don’t want to go to the gym, do at home workouts! I’ve been doing Yoga with Adriene practices a few times a week and I find it really helpful for the times I don’t want to get all bundled up and go outside.
A couple other exercise tips I have are signing up for classes where they take a deposit if you don’t show up, and planning to go with a friend so you have an accountability partner!
4. Set Goals for Yourself
When you set goals for yourself, you’re more likely to get stuff done, heightening your productivity! Set monthly and weekly goals for yourself, based on your projects.
Giving yourself a timeline for each goal will ensure you stay focused and on track. Make sure you set S.M.A.R.T goals: Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based.
5. Create a Morning Routine You Love
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, creating a morning routine is SO important for so many reasons. And one of those reasons is increasing productivity. The way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your day.
We’re all busy, but hitting the snooze button four times and then scarfing a cliff bar down your throat while you check your emails and run out the door isn’t exactly a great start to the day. Your morning habits can lead to a better mindset, higher productivity, and more inspiration and creativity throughout the day.
Wake up early and set the tone for your day. Do some meditation, read a book, magazine or newspaper, journal, make yourself a healthy breakfast full of protein, and if you have time for it, get your workout in at the start of the day. This will help boost your productivity for the day ahead!
6. Listen to Your Body and Practice Self Care
This is one tip I’m finding really important for myself this year. As I mentioned, I’ve been having a tough time getting motivated and inspired, which has led to a lack of productivity. I’ve also been more tired and sleeping more. Sometimes I feel REALLY guilty about it, but I’m learning that I need to listen to my body and take care of myself first and foremost.
Practice self care, whatever that means to you. It looks different for everyone and it looks different on different days. Sometimes self care is binging Netflix with candles lit and a face mask on eating takeout. Other times self care is going to a spin class and coming home making yourself a healthy home cooked meal.
Sometimes it’s getting together with your best friends to chat and laugh your faces off. Listen to your body and do what feels good.
When you’re run down and tired, you’re much less likely to be productive. Take care of your body and mind so you can put your best self forward and get your work done efficiently. You are your biggest business asset – your business/work can’t get done if you’re not functioning at your best.
If you’re feeling unproductive and have a lack of motivation this winter, try these 6 tips to get back into the groove of things!
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