The Winter Blues

Ask the Readers: The Winter Blues

The Winter BluesI’ll be honest. I am a pretty happy, content human being.

I am also generally pretty motivated to accomplish my goals.

However, in winter, I seem to just be slightly less happy and slightly less motivated.

I get a little down when I leave my office and it is dark outside (thank goodness we just switched the clocks!) and when I get home, all I want to do is watch TV and sleep for 10 hours.

Some readers may have noticed (or may not have) that I have reduced my posts to once a week. I think that is a more sustainable rate for me. In the Fall, I can probably churn out 3-4 posts a week if I want to. My motivation is THROUGH THE ROOF in Fall for some reason. I’ve never been able to find any research on why exactly I get so creative and motivated in the Fall (maybe it’s because I’ve been soaking up vitamin D all summer?). Of course, in the Winter, I’m lucky if I can bring myself to post once a week.

Right now, I am in the middle of a number of side hustles that I will be writing about in the coming weeks. I am absolutely excited to share them with you all. However, keeping my energy up to crush these side hustles in this time when I need the energy the most has proven difficult.

Recently, I have heard a lot of people bashing New Years Resolutions. They say that resolutions don’t work because they aren’t specific enough or because they are too lofty. Some argue that resolutions are too results oriented (lose 20 pounds) as opposed to procedural (go to the gym 3 times a week).

Personally, I think a BIG part of why New Years Resolutions fail is the time of year they are made. Who has the motivation to go to the gym or stay diligent about their finances in the winter?

At least for me, I am finding that it is better to strive for goals in the Summer and Fall, build good habits, and have those habits carry you through Winter.

There’s a reason I didn’t start this blog in February 2013.

So my solution is building good habits other times of the year. I’d love to hear your take.

Do seasons affect your mood and productivity? How do you deal with the Winter Blues (or being lazy in Summer as I have heard is an issue for some)?

 


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6 thoughts on “Ask the Readers: The Winter Blues

  1. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life March 23, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I actually find I’m more productive in the winter. The weather the rest of the year is so glorious, it’s distracting 🙂
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    • Mr NYBudget March 23, 2015 at 8:22 am

      That actually makes more sense and would be a better lifestyle if I could trick myself into being more productive in the Winter and have time to enjoy the nice weather. Oh well.

  2. The Jackal March 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I agree with Stefanie – the winter is for staying in and getting $hit done while the summer is all about doing anything you can to NOT be inside

    • Mr NYBudget March 23, 2015 at 11:16 am

      I guess it’s time to work on my motivation – that definitely sounds like the right way to live.

  3. Evan March 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I HATE leaving the office when it is dark outside! But to be honest it keeps me motivated at night whereas in the summer I enjoy being outside until later on and then don’t have that much time for the side hustle at night.
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    • Mr NYBudget March 24, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      All these comments. I guess this is good motivation for me to push through next winter and actually be productive!

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