Productivity Tips for Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day has served as a light-hearted way to “predict” if more winter months are ahead or if warmer days are around the corner. As tradition goes, when the groundhog leaves its burrows and finds a cloudy day, then winter will end soon, and spring will be on its way. However, if the groundhog comes out and finds a sunny day, it returns to its burrows knowing that winter will persist longer. Clear as mud, right?

Despite modern times and modern gadgets to rely on for more accurate weather forecasts, many people still celebrate Groundhog Day and embrace its predictions of how soon spring and summer will come. Whether sunnier days lie ahead, how do you manage work productivity as the seasons change? Here are some tips to help you get more done.

Plan the night before

Planning your tasks ahead gets your brain on track. By being organized, you will get things done quicker and more efficiently.

Just get started

Getting started is the hardest part, and once you have overcome its paralysis, the rest will follow. Whatever task lies ahead, starting with the tiniest of baby steps will get you closer to achieving your goals.

Take a break

Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed or just a little sluggish, take a break. Getting in some fresh air will help you clear your head. When you come back, you will see that you will be more efficient.

Turn off your phone

Phones are huge distractions. Endless text messages and calls can prevent you from getting “in the zone.” Keeping the things that will distract you out of reach when working will make you more productive. Avoiding distractions also includes avoiding wasteful internet surfing.

Minimize checking email

So, you have your day planned out. You know exactly what you’re going to work on, and what will follow. Then, you make the mistake of checking your email. Reading emails first thing in the morning may make your priorities change. That can derail the day’s motivation and affect your productivity. If you can, wait to check your emails until mid-day, and try to check them as minimally as possible.