How to be Productive When it’s Cold Outside (The Work from Home Guide)

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If you’re like me, the beginning of fall is my cue to start collecting all that I will need during my hibernation season (a.k.a all the winter months). I start to whittle down my list of vague plans to solid (and few) because I don’t want to venture out of my cave for just any social gathering.

With my house stacked with food, my heat all the way up, and my Netflix cue full, it isn’t hard to see why work might be the last on my mind. If you’re like me, hibernation is just a fantasy, and in your reality, you have to get up every day and make the trek to the office- or stay at home but accomplish so much.

  1. Sticking to a routine is essential to your productivity. Come up with a TO DO list every night before bed. When you leave it until the morning you’re more likely to just ‘go with the flow’ which translates to getting nothing done but binge watching tv.
  2. Schedule your outdoor time. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to brave the cold, you might as well go all in and get all your other outdoorsy things (like restocking your hibersnacks and hot chocolate, have a face to face meeting) done.
  3. The weather is not an acceptable excuse for not getting work done (although we all wish it could be). Working from home is both a pain and a joy. If you don’t particularly like people and you are focused you might enjoy this type of atmosphere. But if you are like me, easily distracted by the sound of the wind, you need all the help you can get.

 

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