Winter Warm Ups
Beat Back the Winter Blues with Maximum Productivity
Long cold nights, dark mornings and early sunsets are the hallmarks of our short winter days, tempting us to lie in later, do less, eat more and stay cooped up inside. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this is even more likely. But with these clever winter productivity warm ups you can do easily every day, you can beat the winter blues and maximise your productivity over the coming winter months.
Before a workout, a good warm up is always recommended to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. Similarly, productivity warm ups set you up for better performance by improving focus and motivation, and reducing the risk of distraction and procrastination.
- Tick off one or two warm up tasks
Most likely, you have several tasks that need to be completed today and some may be more challenging than others.
Get a quick warm up fast by completing one or two of the easiest tasks swiftly and ticking them off your list. This creates momentum and boosts your motivation to tackle the more challenging tasks. Use the shift in your energy and the satisfaction of ticking these tasks off your list to help you get on with the tougher and more important tasks.
Eat the frog – the ugliest one first
Most days, we all face a task or challenge we would really rather avoid or postpone.
It was Mark Twain that said if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you can enjoy the rest of the day knowing the worst task of the day is already done. Instead, many of us procrastinate on completing these unpleasant tasks, spending all day procrastinating and dreading still having to complete it.
Eating the frog – or completing the task you least want to do – without thinking about it too much and before you start anything else, is a great warm up that will boost your motivation all day long and take your productivity to new levels.
In fact, “eating the frog first” is such a firmly established habit among so many successful people, it can be considered an essential success skill for any person who intends to accomplish great things.
Prioritise what is most important
Author Stephen R. Covey says: “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”
Don’t confuse activity with accomplishment. To ensure you are doing what is really important, write down your priorities and build your to do list around these priorities. This will ensure that what is important to you is reflected on your list of tasks and make it much easier to say no to the things that are not contributing to achieving your goals.
Take care of yourself
Remember that when the weather starts to get cold and the days grow shorter, our energy levels drop naturally and we feel less motivated. This can range from a simple bout of the winter blues to suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
We are all learning how to adjust in the new world after the Covid-19 outbreak.
Taking good care of yourself during the winter months will go a long way to keep your motivation and productivity high. Keep warm by exercising your body and wrapping up against the cold, and boost your nutrition with hot cups of tea and steaming bowls of soup and porridge. Give yourself a much-needed lift every so often by going outside to soak up the warm sunshine and to enjoy the crisp, fresh air. With the lockdown regulations easing, hopefully this will be possible for most people.
These winter warm ups, easily practiced each day of the winter months, will go a long way to help you beat the winter blues, turning the cold months into a time for peak performance and maximum productivity.