WINTER IS HERE AND IM PUSHING SNOOZE
What I wanted to call this post was "How to Stay Motivated in Winter" but that sounded pretty boring (along the lines of "How to Make the Best Oatmeal") I'm sure there are hundreds of articles out there about this very topic but I thought that I would provide you my take.
First, a little bit about why we needed this list. Jan and Feb are tough months because they come after the excitement of Christmas, when we have the darkest days with the most rain and snow. I mean, who could blame us for wanting to push that snooze button just one more time? It is hard to suit up and face the pouring rain or wake up before there is even light in the morning.
So I put together a list of five ways I've been staying away from that winter slump and keeping myself motivated.
1. Ask the Experts - I mentioned this over the weekend on my Instagram stories but one of my favorite ways to stay motivated when I am doing chores around the house is to listen to motivational Podcasts (look for the health section in Podcasts). It's so much better than turing on the TV and getting sucked into a TV show because you feel like you actually learned something. One of my favorites is the Marie Forleo Podcast because she interviews some really great people that are truly inspirational. Start with the Tony Robbins interview and go from there. I promise you will be pulled in by her open approach to solving problems and staying motivated.
2. Tire Yourself Out - I have really struggled for years with finding a workout situation that I liked. It was either I couldn't wake up early enough or I was too tired by the end of the day. I had tried ClassPass years ago but it didn't work for me at the time--there weren't enough studios I liked to justify the price. Two years later I signed up again and have been going for two weeks strong. I'm on my third week this week and have another great line-up of classes. I love scheduling my classes ahead of time because there isn't a option not to go. I have a few favorite studios and try to visit them each at least one time a week. I have noticed that when I workout I feel more productive when I get home and sleep better. It seems counter-intuitive that tiring yourself out would actually wake you up, but all that blood pumping does a body good.
3. Find Something that Gets You Excited - Learn something new, rent a car and explore a new town. Now is the time to pull out all of those ideas that you had flagged on Instagram and earmarked in your Sunset Magazine (or is that just me?) because now it's time to do them. Find something, anything even if it's trying a new brunch place, and go do a new thing. The element a newness reminds you that, even though things may be a little boring, you have control of getting out of your comfort zone.
4. Look to the Future - One of the things I'm doing right now is planning a trip to Europe. It is so much fun to dive into all of the details (if you are a type-A person like me) for a trip. This will keep me occupied all the way through winter and into spring. Have something to look forward to--travel is always a good choice. It will give you motivation to save a bit more and will provide a light at the end of the wintery tunnel. If you need a little inspiration on where to go, I love this list.
5. Embrace the Weather - The last thing you can do is to stay motivated at home. What does that mean? Clean out your closets, sell clothes on ThredUp, do a project that has been sitting around for months (I'm trying to do my Artifact Uprising book from last summer's Europe trip), finally watch that Skillshare that you wanted to watch. If you are going to be stuck at home because of rain/snow, then might as well get good use out of it! I recently cleaned every nook and cranny of my apartment and gave away bags and bags of things. I even hired a TaskRabbit to come pick up my things and take them to the Goodwill for me. It was well worth the $35 and I feel so much better when I open my organized cupboards and closet. It really feels great to tick down that list of things you've been putting off.
So there you have it...5 tips to get you out of those cozy PJs and on your way to getting things done and staying motivated. Did I miss anything? What do you do to make it through Jan/Feb?