Tips For Staying Motivated This Winter
Staying motivated and productive during the cold winter months isn’t always easy. In winter you might find it difficult to motivate yourself to do anything, from exercising to important tasks and projects. It’s much better and cozier to stay at a warm house and spend your time watching TV or surfing the Internet. That’s actually a waste of time and energy. Moreover, do you really want to miss all the beautiful and unique things the winter season offers you? If no, then try out a few of the following tips on how to stay motivated during the winter months.
1. Wake up early
“What?” It’s probably what you’ve just said. I know, I know, it’s so hard to get up early in the morning when it’s frosty outside. But sleeping in won’t help you boost your energy levels, you might even end up feeling sleepy and tired. Winter days are shorter so you can’t allow yourself to sleep till midday. Get up earlier to enjoy more daylight hours and get more things done. During the cold winter months, a good alarm is your best friend!
2. Find a friend
Find someone who will commit to joining you in the morning for walks or workouts, and hold you accountable for showing up. Knowing someone is waiting for you to share the pain of the early darkness might be just the stimulus you need to throw back the covers and get out of the house.
3. Make to do Lists
Creating a to-do list at the beginning of the day, week or month can help you feel more focused and motivated during the winter season. If you have lots of important tasks to accomplish at work but you feel lack of energy and motivation, you can also try making to-do lists each day. When you see what you should do, you have less excuses for not doing it. Remember, you will never become successful, if you will spend most of your time lying under the blanket moaning about cold weather and lack of energy.
4. Enjoy those little things winter offers you
Winter is a fantastic time to do lots of nice things. You can enjoy a yummy hot chocolate, play a snowball fight with your family or friends, build snowmen, take a walk through the frozen park, curl up near the warm fireplace with your favorite book and a cup of tea, or decorate a Christmas tree. Can you do those things during the summer months? Enjoy this winter season to the fullest and you will stay motivated and productive each day. When a person is in a good mood, they tend to accomplish more during the day.
5. Recreate early sunlight.
Invest in a bedside lamp that simulates natural daylight. For example, the Phillips 'Wake-up Light', endorsed by the National Sleep Foundation, gradually increases the light and comes with built in clock and alarm. Starting your day with natural light will help activate your internal clock to get ready to take on the day.
6. Boost your career
Did you know that you can boost your career at home? There are many good websites that can help you improve your knowledge and become more professional. If you spend most of your time indoors, why not learn a new language. You may not need it right now, but one day when your boss will ask who knows that language, you will say proudly that you know.
7. Give yourself rewards
Although it’s not the best way to stay motivated during the winter months, it’s still worth trying. If you get up earlier each day, don’t skip your morning exercises, eat healthy, clean your house, and accomplish all of the important tasks during the day, why not reward yourself? Now, I’m not talking about shopping, so leave your credit card where it should be. Running into debts isn’t a fun thing. There are much better rewards like eating your favorite dessert (in moderation, of course!), drinking a hot chocolate, getting a massage etc.