HEAT UP PRODUCTIVITY WHEN MOTIVATION RUNS COLD

Show of hands – lately, who else would rather stay in bed than head in to work most mornings? Especially when the snow is falling, the temps are sub-zero and there’s incredibly sophisticated Jimmy Fallon videos on YouTube. That’s me. Oh yeah, that’s me.

The cold season we all have a love/hate relationship with can make us lazy and tired. And it becomes really easy to put off until tomorrow what can be put off until tomorrow. Or the next day.

This dreary weather cannot only affect your personal life but it can also hinder your work productivity. Entrepreneur.com posted a list of five easy steps to make sure winter blues don’t get you down at work.

Let’s check it out:

Arrive early – stay later
For those who are not morning people, this task can be very hard to do. But once it becomes a part of your routine, it becomes a part of you. Arriving early before anyone else can help get your mind ready for the tasks ahead. Staying late after the work day quiets down can often lead to increased productivity and a second wind to power through the task list.

Plan each day the night before
Do you make lists? My “to do” lists have lists of their own. Mentally prepping for the work day ahead may alleviate stress and anxiety. At first, being a planner might seem like a tedious task. But, in the end it can help you stay focused. When I want an extra burst of enthusiasm – sometimes, I write things down just to cross them off the list. It’s amazing how much we are actually accomplishing in a day without realizing.

Leave the office for lunch
When it is cold and miserable outside, it is super easy to stay stuck in your office. However, you really need to change scenery and clear your head. Leaving the office for lunch can improve the rest of your workday. It gives you a chance to get away and breathe in new air.

Minimize distractions
Squirrel! Let’s pause for a moment while I respond to this text message. Exactly. With more ways to socialize than ever before and more pressure to provide instantaneous feedback – it is difficult to focus on one thing at a time. I lose this battle daily.

Someone smart once told me a person is 33% less effective when multi-tasking. I don’t know if that stat is true, but it feels true. Unplug. Detach. And get it done. Jimmy Fallon can be the nice reward when the work is turned in.

Keep your goals in sight at all times
Out of all the tips, this one seems the most important. We get into a funk when we live for 5 o’clock Friday. Life goes pretty darn fast as it is. Let’s slow it down a little more and keep in sight why we work so hard in the first place. Strive to meet even the smallest goals.

I don’t know about you, but I feel better already. What ways do you suggest heating up productivity when your motivation turns cold?

In case you missed it – this one rocks: Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync Battle

See you at The Point of Influence,
Alyssa