Staying Motivated in the Deep Freeze of Winter

by Joe Lavelle on February 8, 2011

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Do you find it more difficult to get motivated in the winter?  When you are shivering under a thick winter coat and dreading another commute on the icy roads, are you tempted just to “get by” until warmer days bring you back to life?  You don’t want to waste an entire season when you could be continuing to make great strides in your career goals.  So, you need to come up with some ways to get energized even on those days when the freezing temperatures and snow make you want to crawl back into bed.

Lindsey Pollack offers a few great suggestions on “How to Beat the Winter Career Blahs” over at her blog, and her advice got me excited to work on a few items on my professional to-do list.  For instance, she shares that this is a great time to update your online profiles.  With the cold deterring many people from wanting to venture outside, there are millions of us spending more time in front of the computer.  Make sure your information is current, get connected with those you met at the multiple holiday parties you attended, and discover some new blogs to make a part of your online news feed.

She also reminds us that the winter months offer the perfect time to curl up with a great book.  I believe so strongly in the importance of lifelong learning, and I am constantly reading books by others in my profession and simply people whose lives and work I admire.  Maybe you will find a new writer who will inspire you.

I hope you will check out Lindsey’s entire piece and read all of her ideas.

Do you find that the winter months prove more difficult for you when it comes to self-motivation?  What do you suggest as a way of pulling out of such a funk?

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