The colder months are always my favorite. Being able to wear sweaters, spending cozy nights inside with a good book and a cup of tea. Although sometimes there is nothing better than being all cozied up on a chilly day working at your desk, the sun setting by 5 pm or earlier gets old real quick. The lack of sunshine can be draining and makes it hard to feel motivated when all you want to do is curl up in bed.
I spend a lot of time working from home since my job, most of my college work, and my blog are all things I do online. The freedom working from home gives you is great, but the colder months somehow always seem to be the hardest. Whether you work at home, are doing college work, or writing and creating content for your blog or business, here are some things that may help with working at home during the colder months.
Your workspace really does play a big part in how you work. You don’t want to make it so cozy that you end up wanting to take a little nap, but it is important to make it a place you look forward to working at. An organized and clean of clutter space makes all the difference with reducing stress and helping you focus on completing your to-do list. A comfortable chair that you can spend hours in is a must, and I find having minimal decor pieces on my desk that I love helps inspire me.
Since there sadly isn’t any way to control how much sunshine we get, the next best thing is creating your own. My go-to is always burning candles around my workspace, but not directly on my desk so I don’t accidentally burn any paper while working. It gives the perfect mix of extra lighting and warmth to your space. My advice is to only burn one that has a light scent, and the rest be non-scented candles. A few lamps also work just as well.
This may sound a bit ridiculous, but sometimes the best little motivation is treating yourself to some new stationery items! It can be a new notebook, planner, paper pad, pens, or anything else you have been wanting to treat yourself to for a while. Just make sure it is something you will actually use.
No matter how cozy and wonderful it is to have the freedom to work from home, sometimes you just have to get out of the house. And you should! Since it is a bit too cold to do any work outside, on days where you feel a bit stuck, try finding a local coffee shop to do some work in. Or if you can only work in complete silence like me, go to a local library.
It is also important to take breaks throughout the day. Get up every hour and move around for 5 minutes. Stretch your legs, refill your water bottle, or complete a small little task around the house. I find taking a quick little walk in the afternoon, no matter how cold, is just what I need to clear my mind.
Some days you just need to take it a bit slow and do not much of anything, and that is perfectly okay. Listen to your body and give yourself those needed moments of rest. If you overwork yourself, chances are you won’t get anything done.
I hope the colder months are good to you this year and that no matter where you work that you are enjoying what you are doing. Just remember, everything in life comes and goes, and this too will pass. Might as well make the best of it while it is here.