Rain, cold days, no sun that keep coming during the fall, can dampen anyones mood and motivation. At first its a great motivator to focus, but soon it just creates a blasé attitude. Before you know, Spring is rolling around and not much has gotten done on this years goals or your New Years resolutions.
Here are 6 tips to help you stay motivated and focused during this season.
1. Have a Plan
This isn’t your first time going through fall and winter. You know what usually happens to you. You may sleep more, feel anti-social, put on weight, feel unmotivated and live on your couch, or go into a spiral of gloom. Make a plan that is reasonable and takes into consideration your pitfalls. You may have a goal to not gain any weight this year. So, what habits, incentives, rewards do you need to follow through and stick with this plan.
2. Stay Active
A big part of the gloom and doom outlook we get into during the fall and winter is from being sedentary and eating tasty but not always healthy food. Sitting on the couch seems like the go to when its cold outside.
But, you have to remain active. Keep going to the gym, working out, tracking your steps, or whatever you are doing. It will help wake you up so when you do sit down to work, you can focus.
3. Leave the House
When we stay coped up in the house, every night and all weekend, we go a little stir crazy. Leaving the house, just for work usually isn’t going to be enough. Try working in different locations like coffee shops and book stores. The change of scenery may help.
Also just getting out of the house more frequently to run errands, see friends, and work on goals can make it easier to work at home when the time comes.
4. Have More Light
In the summer it may feel like no extra light is needed, with the sun streaming through the windows. But when the sun is hidden and the weather is gloomy extra light will wake you up and help focus your mind.
Anytime I am working and realize my focus is drifting, I check my light situation. I turn on more lights, so I can see what I am working on. Sometimes the gloomy feel of the day can make your body think its dusk and time to wind down for the day, an extra lamp could make all the difference.
5. Set Restrictions
In the summer it is easy to work on the couch and have the sun on you, coming through the windows. But in the fall and winter it can be a trap. Make sure you find a place to work on goals, and projects that is not on the couch. It doesn’t breed productivity especially when we use it to watch TV and unwind.
Put limits on how long or when you will work. Its easy to say you have all weekend to work on something because the weather looks bad and will keep you in. That could lead to burnout from working all weekend, or procrastination because you think you have so much time. Don’t stay in all weekend to realize Monday that you are stir crazy and need to go out.
Lastly be aware of treats and indulgences while workin on your goals, it is especially easy to get carried away when we want to feel comfortable because of the poor weather outside.
6. Do It With Friends
We easily isolate ourselves in the fall and winter months. Goals and challenges can fall to the wayside when we don’t feel that we have anyone to discover them or explore them with. Ask a friend to join you in your goal. Talk to them weekly for updates and motivation. Meet up if you can to work together.
People are important in maintaining our sanity don’t isolate yourself.
Fall and winter can be great times for productivity. Enjoy what each season has to offer and follow the tips above to help maintain your motivation and focus. Good luck.