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backe-jacket-backOn a cold winter day, it seems like staying productive is the last thing on my mind. I’d much rather curl up under a blanket, hot cocoa in one hand and a good book in the other. Of course, that’s before the kids start jumping on me as they try to squirm under the blanket, too. But that’s besides the point, even if it is cute.

Staying productive, as it’s super cold outside, seems impossible some days. It’s on these days that I really have to buckle down and make use of some of favorite productivity tips.

Staying productive through a game

Mary Poppins really knew her stuff. When you turn something into a game, it’s loads easier to get going, build momentum, and stay motivated. The trick is finding a legit way to turn a chore into a game that you won’t come to loathe, though.

Exercising can be super hard, for example. But when Nerd Fitness director Steve turned exercise into a RPG (role playing game) where you level up through exercising, suddenly exercising became fun for thousands of people.

That doesn’t mean you need to turn today’s meeting into a RPG (and I have NO idea how you would!). However, it can be fun to build a buzzword bingo into the meeting.

Use a checklist to build momentum

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Photo credit: Mufidah Kassalias via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-ND

Another great trick is to use a checklist. Checking things off of a list is not only therapeutic for a type A ginger like me, it’s also a great way to build momentum and motivation. I do have a confession to make, though…

When I start a checklist, I may write something on there I’ve already done – just so I can check it off. Hey – it helps me jump start the day and get going.

Set a timer for 50 minutes

A third great trick is to set a timer for 50 minutes. Okay, so it isn’t always 50 minutes. Sometimes I only set the timer for 10 or 15 minutes. The point, though, is to set a timer for a specific task. Then, I work until the timer goes off. Once the timer goes off, I get to have a short break before I jump into the next task. I just have to make sure I don’t confuse my timer with the kids’ learning games timer.

Go outside for 15 minutes

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Photo credit: martinak15 via VisualHunt.com / CC BY

One final trick for today is to go spend a few minutes outside each day. It’s a great way to get some sunshine, vitamin D, and some fresh air. There’s nothing like a face full of cold winter air to motivate me to get to work – if only so I can go back inside!

As winter drags on (and on and on), staying productive is the best way to help speed spring along. It’s also a great way to help us survive each work day. Plus, as we’re being productive and accomplishing our set tasks, we’re that much closer to achieving the goals and dreams we’ve set for ourselves. And that’s a pretty awesome way to spend your day.

What other productivity hacks do you love to use? Be sure to leave a comment below with your favorite tricks this winter!

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