Sometimes it is really hard to not give your hobby up. Despite the fact that it works better in cloudy weather (and what else is there to do – you don’t want to poke your nose out into the street once again), the cold months are not the most pleasant period even for a city dweller who is provided with all the necessary amenities. In the rain, one distraction becomes less, but also from a biochemical and psychological point of view, winter is really difficult for a person – zero moods and apathy also affect performance.
Bad weather doesn’t make us concentration monsters, but only removes one distraction: the thought of where to go to have fun after (or better – instead of) work stops spinning in my head. It has been proven that in the winter, workers tend to stay in the office for about half an hour longer than in the warmer months. The problem is that quantity does not always grow into quality, although it seems to us the other way around. According to this logic, we, for example, can feel like heroes of labor after an exhausting day, even if we are constantly hanging out on social networks. Moreover, if the task took “only” two hours of effective work, it seems to us that it was probably not done well enough.
Planners also like to schedule things in order, and they also like to dive into even the smallest details of the process and put everything on the shelves. Desktop organizers, folders, and files will come in handy: in the physical space around the planner for his peace of mind, everything should also be all right.
It is easy and pleasant for arrangers to work in a team, and, on the contrary, it is vitally important for them at least sometimes to exchange a word with a colleague. They don’t need planners, but a service that selects suitable music for work and visually pleasing notebooks, pens, and other small things will come in handy. Visualizers hate working on tasks of the same type, they constantly generate ideas, and therefore it is important for them to give complete freedom of action and at the same time remove distracting things from their field of vision.
But don’t discount the universal recommendations. Most of us receive a huge amount of correspondence during the working day, and there is a risk of getting bogged down in it from morning to evening. It is clear that there are always urgent calls and letters that are better answered immediately, but you need to learn how to separate them from those that can wait until you finish the task.
If the winter melancholy turns into depression, you must, first of all, consult a therapist. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), you often need to have a hobby in this state. Depression lowers self-confidence, so even tasks that you have done more than once can trigger anxiety. If the goal seems overwhelming to you, it is best to break it down into component parts and set separate deadlines for each. When you cope with one task, the mood will slightly increase, and the pieces of work of the same complexity will not be intimidating.
In the office, it is worth adjusting the situation as much as possible to suit your own needs. It’s not just about what place in the open space to take and which headphones to choose so as not to hear household noises. If you know that during the working day you can get stuck from a sudden task, an unpleasant comment, or a banal situation like a breakdown of a coffee machine, you should enlist the support of a colleague. You may not be best friends – and that’s fine, but sharing the sudden rush of anxiety helps you stop and understand it – which is the main weapon against anxiety. Besides, do not be afraid to admit to your boss that you are depressed: even if your relationship cannot be called trusting, you can vaguely refer to health problems (there is no lie here) so that he does not have the idea that the work is no longer interesting for you or you are just lazy.