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5 Things You Can Do to Make the Most Out of Winter Time

5 Things You Can Do to Make the Most Out of Winter Time

Lo and behold, winter has arrived and you feel like your world has stopped. Gone were the days of sitting on the patio, letting the sun’s rays penetrate your already sun-drenched skin. The days of hiking, biking, and taking walks without worrying about putting on the extra layers of clothing are over. The cold weather has just set in.

Since winter is not something that we can control – and you cannot keep moving to warmer climate places every time winter hits, the worst thing that you can do is to complain about it. After all, we were always told not to worry about things that we cannot control. We just have to go with it, make the most out of it, and pretty soon, summer will be upon us again. If you are not a winter person, here are some things that you can do to make you get the most out of your winter season:

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1. It’s a good time to learn something new indoors

During summer time, we just get so busy. We are always out and about enjoying the outdoors. When winter hits, we suddenly find ourselves stuck inside the comforts of our houses, wanting more of the warmth that our heaters and fireplaces provide. While indoors, why not take advantage of this by learning something new that can be done indoors? Examples of these are learning a new language, learning to sew, practicing your golf swings with the help of a computer, learning a new musical instrument or learning how to paint. Pretty soon, it will be warm enough to go out again and you might lose the motivation to learn what you could have learned during the winter season.

2. Movie marathons and reading binges are not a bad idea

What can be a better day to lounge in front of the TV with a hot cocoa drink or to curl up with a good book that takes you on an adventure? A cold, cold day outdoors is a good day to stay in and do all of these. Watching movies and reading books can make us learn a lot of things that we wouldn’t have encountered if we didn’t watch that movie or read that book with really good reviews. Who said staying home means that you can’t be transported to another place with the help of a television or a book?

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3. Learn a winter sport

Skiing, snowboarding, skating and snowmobiling. Winter time is a once a year opportunity to go and get registered for classes to learn these wonderful winter sports. They not only make you a more well-rounded, interesting person, they also help get you out of the house and get you moving to fight off those winter blues and promote good health. What is even better is it gives you the opportunity to meet new people even during winter time when most people are indoors.

4. Enjoy the winter activities

What about sledding or sleigh riding at night while gazing up at the stars? Or shoe skiing for that extra workout? All those are great winter activities that will make your winter time more memorable. Not only that, you also get to check off those winter activities that some people have on their bucket lists.

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5. Use this time to reflect

Some animals hibernate during winter time. You can do that too, meaning you can use this time to let your mind be in a quiet environment and reflect on things that you cannot reflect on when the list of summer activities start piling up. Use this long and cold winter season to create a better you, know yourself better, and find out more about what direction you want your life to take.

Any season goes by fast. And each season is unique in what opportunities and activities they present to us. Since life is short and time is fleeting, do make the most out of any season that passes you by and be thankful for yet, another one of it.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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