Stay Motivated During Those Long, Chilly Months
Updated: May 27, 2021
Tips to stay on top of your goals this winter season.
Now that the holidays are over, we're all ready for summer right? A cold, gloomy day is the perfect excuse to leave your pjs on and stay under the covers. But we have goals to reach! It's 2021, and if 2020 taught us anything it's that we have to stop taking life for granted. I've shared below some things that I do to keep motivated during the winter months. I'm always looking for more tips, so if I missed any of your favs please let me know in the comments section!
1. Get Some Sun
It’s no secret, sunshine makes people happy. And in my opinion, it's essential for a healthy lifestyle. Your body needs a minimum of twenty minutes of sunshine to jumpstart that Vitamin D production. Vitamin D helps boost your mood and brain activity, so it’s an important aspect of keeping motivated in the cold winter months.
If you can, set up your work or study station near a window where the sun shines through. Take walk breaks when the sun is out, even if it is a bit chilly. Something I may even try this year is buying a sunlight lamp for my desk. And best of all if you can swing it, take a mini vaca to the beach somewhere… but don’t forget your sunscreen!
2. Remember Your “Why”
Vision boards and journals people. Find a way to remind yourself of your reasons for being you and doing what you do. It doesn’t have to consist of only dreams and goals, but of the things and people who make you feel happy, as well. I had a vision board set up in my room right where I slept while living in Vegas. When I was packing to move to New York I remember looking at it and thinking, “Damn, I’ve done nearly everything on this board.” And that was one of the coolest feelings.
I know this might sound like my inner Target addict speaking, but I actually think I have a point here. Wherever you find yourself working, studying, or spending most of your time, give it a little makeover. Set up some plants, new lighting, comfortable furniture, and colors that make you happy. And then tell me you won’t be excited to spend more time or feel happier in that space. A few stores that have helped me decorate my home office without breaking the budget are Walmart, Circuit City, Amazon and QWork Office. Staying motivated is a lot easier when you’re in a place you enjoy.
4. Make lists
Lists are my secret weapon. Every month I make basic to-do lists, and then weekly I’ll create more detailed ones. Even on my laziest days, the lists help me stay focused. It’s gotten to the point where I’m like, “Ooo I wonder what I have set up to tackle today!”
And I find myself having fun crossing the tasks off, too.
Plus they bring structure to your day. Without any structure, we’re just winging it. This is totally cool if that’s your style, but I bet you’ll get closer to reaching your goals and staying motivated if you make yourself a list or two.
5. Reward yourself
Alright so you’ve been staying motivated, making lists and crossing things off, eating healthy, exercising (which I didn’t add to this post, but is also very important during cold months), and you finally accomplished one of your goals. Congratulations! Time to reward yourself. And I don’t mean go and spend all your money/money you may not have yet. I mean take that day off, sleep in, dig into the dessert menu. Treat yourself! You deserve it.
I know I've shared this in a previous blog post before, but after that year we had I want to talk about it again. I used to think meditating was absolutely not for me. I have too much anxiety to sit Indian-style in silence for an hour. It doesn't have to be that way though! I started looking up 5 or 10-minute meditations on Youtube and listen to them when I wake up in the morning. If you're feeling anxious or unmotivated maybe give this a try sometime.
And before you know it, summer will be here! Hopefully, these tips help keep you motivated through the colder months. You may already even do most of these! And if I missed any good ones, let me know by leaving them in the comments below. Thanks for reading!