Some people start feeling depressed during the winter months. They come down with a case of the “winter blahs”. But not me. I love winter. Well, maybe “love” is a strong word; but I at least look forward to winter as a great productivity booster, which is a good thing considering I live in the Chicagoland area and work at home.
Mark Twain once said something to the effect of, if a person eats a frog in the morning, it will be the worst thing they have to do all day. Well, I tend to take the same approach when dealing with those harsh winter periods. If I use those months to my advantage to really push myself to produce, hopefully I will have gotten the hardest part of the year out of the way when there is the least to do outside.
Warm weather motivation
Obviously I’m not a big winter sports fan. Sure, I like sledding with our son or the occasional snowball fight; but otherwise, I’m not big into skiing, bobsledding, ice fishing, snow hiking, or anything like that. I’m more of a warm-weather guy.
Therefore, I tend to use this as my motivation to get more done during the winter months. Knowing that there’s not much I’d want to be doing outside anyway, other than going for the occasional walk in the snow just to get out and about and enjoy the winter scenery, I’m content to hovel away indoors getting some work done. Knowing that when spring and summer arrive, I’ll be out enjoying time with the kids, taking regular walks around our community, camping, going to sporting events, and partaking in similar sorts of activities helps push me now to get my work done when there are no such things to be done.
Goals to look forward to
But just knowing that summer will eventually be here isn’t always enough in the near term to keep me forging ahead through those long winter months. Sometimes I need a little more incentive than just knowing I’ll eventually be able to enjoy the outdoors again.
Therefore, I tend to set goals to look forward to and that helps me stay focused on being productive when motivation starts to fail. Knowing that I’m producing more now and getting things done so that we can go on a family vacation this summer, so I can take time out of my day to go to our son’s sporting events, and so I can do other such activities with the family not only helps push me to work harder, but it does so in a way that makes my goals less selfish, meaning that I’m not only working for my own good but for the good of my family.
Making the most of those cold winter days
I’m not saying that I don’t like winter though. I actually like it a lot, there just isn’t as much to vie for my attention when it comes to activities. But I actually have learned to love those cold, gray days. I used to find them miserable and depressing, but then I started looking at them as times where I could hunker down, make my environment cozy, and enjoy this aspect of the time rather than yearning for a warmer season.
Even just doing little things like lighting candles, making tea, covering up with a blanket or two, enjoying some nice music, putting on an old movie or whatever can help me turn a boring winter day into one in which I’m not only getting stuff done, but where I’m making the most of it in a simple, affordable, and calming way.
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