Time Management Tip: Make the Most of Your Time this Winter

Image of a winter scene, photography by R. IsipToday marks the first day of winter here in the Northern Hemisphere.

It’s time to say goodbye to short fall days and hello to days with longer periods of sunshine (hooray!).

While it’s not quite short sleeve weather just yet, it’s the perfect time to pause, reflect and make the most out of the time you do have…even if the weather is a bit nippy.

Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of the winter months:

Look inwards.

New Year’s Resolutions aside, what do you want to accomplish in your life over the next couple of months? If you haven’t recently taken the time to look inwards, the wintertime is a great time to pause and reflect on your goals, aspirations and dreams. Why not plan your next action-packed move while things are resting and in hibernation?

Learn a new skill.

Instead of kicking back with a set of DVDs or streaming video of your favorite TV show and/or movies you’ve seen dozen times before and going into automatic “hibernation mode,” why not learn a new skill? Now more than ever it’s easier to learn new skills from the comfort of your own home either with books, videos or online tutorials. You could learn how to knit, build your own website, brush up on your Spanish, or learn a new set of workout routines right at home. Make it a goal to share your masterpiece or hard work with your friends and family when the springtime rolls around.

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Do some de-cluttering.

Okay, you don’t have to go wild here and thoroughly clean the house from top to bottom, but why not clean out a few clutter-prone areas in your home or office? You’ll be spending a bit more time indoors these winter months, so why not make it a bit more comfortable for yourself? Find some great de-cluttering tips here.

Enjoy seasonal outdoor activities.

Are you a bit fan of cold-weather activities such as skiing, sledding, snowboarding or ice skating? The wintertime won’t be around forever, so be sure to get out there and have fun. Even if you’re not a big fan of the outdoors, simply taking a short walk in the cold brisk air can help clear your head from stale indoor air and lessen the pangs of cabin fever.

Now to you…how are you planning to make the most out of your winter? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.