It may not matter if you’re a student, an entrepreneur working for yourself, or hitting the old 9-5 routine, making the transition from summer to winter hours can take some adjusting to.  On those cold winter days when the alarm clock rings and it’s still pitch black outside, it can be hard to force yourself to get out of that warm, cozy bed and slog in to the daily grind.


Here are some of the things you might find helpful to keep yourself and your productivity on track when it comes to your winter schedule.

Dressing Warmly

This might seem a strange winter productivity enhancer, but being cold can slow people down.  The transition from those balmy summer months to the harsh winter chill can take some time to get used to, often making it harder to get up and get moving in the morning.

When you’re cold, you may find yourself feeling slow and sluggish and just wanting to crawl back into bed, which can in turn lead to productivity killing naps or playing the snooze button game.  Dressing warmly to go to bed can make it a little easier to roll out of that toasty warm bed in the morning, and staying warmly dressed can help keep you motivated to study when at home.

Moving to More Populated Areas

You might find that you just have to get out of the house and get a little human interaction during those cold dark winter days.  Heading to a new environment in which there are people working, talking, and doing may help you stay a little more motivated to work and make you feel like you’re still a part of society.  Just being around other people when you’re used to studying or completing online courses at home — and largely alone — can help to drive your productivity a little bit higher.

Your Time to Shine

If you’re not a big winter sports person, winter may really be your time to buckle down and hit the work hard.  It’s not that you are necessarily slacking during the summer, but you may just find that there are plenty of other activities that are vying for your attention and which that you would rather be doing during the warmer months.

During the winter though, you may be able to push your productivity standards even higher since you’re not being side-tracked with outdoor activities, knowing that the more you can get done during these slower, more boring months, the more your can play again when spring and summer roll around.

Going in With a Plan

Accomplishing higher productivity during the winter doesn’t just happen automatically.  You may need to head into this time of year with a plan.  This plan may begin by reviewing current productivity standards and how well you’re meeting them.

Looking at long and short-term goals, projects, and similar items on your plate, as well as income, expenses, and similar items might help.  You may then be able to give these items some structure, laying out what you’d like to achieve and work on most during this time.  You can then begin the transition, not forcing everything at once, instead easing into it, kind of like fall eases into winter.  This can help to make the transition a little more bearable.

The author is not a licensed educational professional.  This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal or financial advice.  Any action taken by the reader due to the information provided in this article is solely at the reader’s discretion.