Cold weather often makes you less active, more tired than usual, or unmotivated to work. Spike up your productivity this winter with these few tips. They can be just what you need to shed some light on the winter blues and get big wins for your business.
It goes without saying that your environment affects how you do your work and in turn your productivity and efficiency. A study published in 2000 through the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that “an employee’s physical work environment (and how tidy it is) can affect their performance and well being.” Keeping a tidy environment can help you get things faster during cold days when you are less in the working mood. It is always important to ensure a comfortable working space with the right temperature for your well-being.
A study done by the University of Illinois found that short breaks for a few minutes can help one to reset their mind and regain focus. A break can seem like a luxury when you have workloads especially with the short days in winter but all work and no play is said to make ‘Jack’ a dull boy. Another study from 2018 ( by DeskTime) showed that the employees with the highest productivity had actually worked shorter hours due to taking 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of work. Taking some time to breathe can be the recipe you need to be productive. It can be a walk, a chat with someone or however you find peace in your life.
Increase your water intake
Research, including the 2011 study published in The Journal of Nutrition have shown that lack of water in your system can affect your mood and efficiency. Never underestimate the power of hydration, drinking more water can get you energised and help you stay awake on your desk through both the cold boring days and the hot summer days.
Take some time to socialise
Socialisation can help you get active as you brush shoulders with some good vibes. Working in a cold silo can be depressing at times with no smiles and no chats to ease up the load. A study on the impact of socialization on productivity by MIT in 2008, found that the most social workers were also the most productive. This gives power to co-working spaces where one can have a pool of coworkers even as a solopreneur.
Challenge yourself with new tasks
Routines have their own benefits but doing the same tasks over and over can have a big impact on your overall mood and productivity levels. This is especially true in winter as most people tend to have a dull mood easily. It wouldn’t hurt to spice things up and find new ways to do what you do better. Setting targets for yourself and identifying more spaces you can take up can motivate you to do more.
Start your day early
Winter is known for cold and short days, which translates to less time to get the job done. Starting your days early gives you ample time to organise yourself and work on the day’s task. This is necessary especially now with the Zimbabwean lockdown restrictions on business hours. Setting daily and hourly tasks can also help maximise on the days.
Get enough sleep
Just like taking breaks, getting enough sleep is important to stay in your A game. As much as it is tempting to cut your night’s sleep short to meet deadlines, that might not be as profitable as it seems. The human body needs enough rest to be able to function properly. Couple adequate sleep with healthy eating to stay healthy and active this winter for effective business progress.
In conclusion, people thrive in different seasons and environments and one must understand their own circumstances for success. For individuals who struggle making progress through the cold and short days, staying healthy, starting your day early, maintaining order and getting enough rest as explained above can help you increase productivity. Eight2Five offers the perfect space to take your business away from home to a healthy environment where you can challenge yourself and make your dreams come true. Register to become a part of our thriving community and set yourself up with productivity.