Last updated July. 13, 2020
Temperature extremes affect our productivity in different ways. Most times, when we talk about the effects of temperature on productivity, the emphasis is on high temperature and the summer season.
The truth is, the winter affects productivity equally. In fact, most people are less productive when the temperature is chilly, and there is no sunshine.
So what do you do when the temperature feels colder and the days get shorter? How do you attempt to keep your productivity at the right level even as the winter cold get to everyone?
We have no secret formulas but understand a few changes you can make to keep your energy level up, even as the sun's energy dims.
Here, we will discuss top productivity habits that will help you stay on top of the situation.
Unless you can control the situation and attend to issues in an organized manner, your productivity is likely to take a hit during winter.
The first thing to do is to know your stressors. Identify those things that are likely to get on your way and disrupt your schedules.
When you have identified them, make a commitment to keep them aside. Schedule your daily activities and try as much as possible to stick to the schedule.
Staying organized means you know what to do at any time and what you need to get the tasks done. Set up your space and keep everything you need to handle the tasks of the day at hand.
An organized environment will help you to concentrate and get more done, even as the winter cold try to force you to slow down.
You need to realize that the uniqueness of the winter means that you may not be able to attend to as many tasks as you will ordinarily want to attend to.
There is no need to beat yourself up about that. It is important, however, that you complete the most important tasks. During the winter, it is advisable that you start with the most important tasks.
In most instances, the most important tasks demand the highest level of mental alertness. It also follows that when you complete them as scheduled, it becomes a lot easier to attend to smaller/less important tasks.
Wasting the early hours on trivial tasks, on the other hand, can weigh you down and prevent you from attending to the important ones with the right level of energy.
This is a no-brainer. One of the best ways to deal with cold is to move your body as much as you can. This is why the body will shiver involuntarily when it becomes really cold.
You don't have to wait for your body to respond to cold naturally if you want to keep productivity up. Get moving – get physical, and you can achieve more each day.
Getting physical doesn’t mean you need to lift more weights do you normally do, or run more distance than you are capable of.
You just have to exercise as you normally do, to keep your body warm and ready for the challenges ahead. Simple physical activities like walking, biking, and even dancing can be very helpful.
It is always tempting to stay indoors or locked up in your office during winter. The human mind always plays the trick of assuring you that you are better off indoors or outdoors.
This is not always the case, especially when you spend several hours without getting out. It can negatively affect your productivity and affect your mood too.
Try to step outside from time to time during winter. It may be chilly cold, but you will feel better afterward.
Stepping outside doesn't mean you should plant yourself in front of your office or home for a minute or two. The idea is to take in the views about you and possibly stretch out.
You will benefit more if you can take a short stroll around your office building. You can use the opportunity to take lunch or grab a snack.
The exposure will clear your head and get you primed for more productive tasks.
Your feeding habit also needs to be improved to get you in the right shape to stay productive during winter. Stuffing yourself up with comfort food and sugary drink will leave you sluggish and bloated during winter.
Bad food choices are never good at any point, but they seem to have more negative effects during winter since most people are less active.
In addition to making healthy food choices, try to cut down on how much you eat during winter. Watch your sugar and carbohydrate intake.
You are inevitably going to burn fewer calories, so you need to take in less to stay in shape and in control.
Being productive doesn’t mean you should overwork yourself. It is okay to work more hours some days if you feel you are up to it, but working late and taking less rest will only hurt you in the long run.
Work as much as you feel comfortable working, and make sure you take adequate rest. Take time off during your working hours and make sure you get enough sleep at night.
Ideally, most of us sleep longer during winter. You shouldn’t aim to only sleep longer. You should aim to sleep longer and better. The quality of sleep you get is as important as the length.
Get comfortable with taking a nap when you need it, and work at improving the quality of your sleep.
The winter season is always tough on everyone, and only you can make it better for yourself.
You don’t have to stress yourself to please anyone this winter. You can’t keep your productivity level up if you are working at pleasing others.
Do it because you want to achieve more. Do it because you want to feel better about yourself and the tasks you are handling. When you do it this way, success is often inevitable.
Winter can be a very tough season. For some, it is always gloomy and uninspiring. Negative perceptions about the season often mean that people achieve less.
It is possible to keep productivity up during winter, however. The few habits discussed above can be very helpful.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be pleased to help you.