Avoid the cold and enjoy the indoors

The Cold Weather’s Coming and You Should Still Be Productive!

Staying home on the weekend isn’t usually on everyone’s agenda, but staying home for weeks at a time is even less likely.  If you’re subject to the cold weather like we are in the Northeast, you probably find yourself hibernating for extended periods of time and not leaving unless it’s absolutely necessary.  I know it can get boring sometimes, but consider all you can accomplish having so much spare time and not having to worry about missing out on the fun.

Having nothing to do makes me anxious; I feel like I’m wasting time and that’s something I hate!  Sometimes, you simply don’t want to go out, other times you don’t even have a choice. Your stuck at home during a snow emergency and looking for something to do.

Maybe you never thought about it, but you can actually be extremely productive through the cold season.  You just have to think of exactly what it is you want to accomplish during this time.  With the winter right around the corner, I have a few suggestions for you to consider…

Build Your Bank Account

Yes, we’re talking about the money.  Staying home is one of the surest and easiest ways to save money.  For example, think about the money you’re not spending on gas and fast food.  Staying home also helps you avoid making frivolous and spontaneous purchases.

Focus on a Time Consuming Project

There’s probably no better time to focus on a project than over the winter.  Now, you shouldn’t use this as an excuse to procrastinate and wait to get to work, instead use the down time to do things that you wouldn’t otherwise focus on.

Learn and Practice a New Skill

Invest in yourself and take an online course, look for a certification, or simply pick up a new hobby.  Whatever you decide to do, the mental stimulation will keep you sharp and entertained for months to come.  Take it to the next level and figure out a way to monetize from your new skill.

Get Fit for the Spring

The cold season is a great time to start getting in shape.  Don’t wait for the New Year resolution you’re probably not going to keep.  Maintain discipline and consistency and you’ll realize some incredible results over the 3-4 month span.

Spend Time with Loved Ones

We sometimes tend to get consumed in our own world and forget to appreciate those closest to us.  So, since you’re home already spend some quality time with the family and plan some activities like movie or game nights. Get some supplies and host a paint night or an arts and crafts related activity to have some engaging entertainment.

These are some of the things I focus on while I’m hibernating.  What are some of your ideas?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Elliot is a Northeastern graduate and the editor for ElevatedPost. His mission is to help motivate, inspire and teach. His passion is driven by his desire to help others self-improve and realize their untapped potential so they may find success and prosperity.