How To: Be Productive on a Snow Day

Monday, February 2, 2015

Have a productive snow day with 4 simple steps!

As I draft this post - there is a very heavy snowfall happening outside. As much as I'd love and enjoy a day off - It's pretty easy to fall into the trap of staying in bed with hot chocolate and Netflix all day. I personally like to use snow days to catch up on various tasks (cleaning, e-mail, blogging).

Here are some tips to make the most of a snow day:

1. Go to bed/wake up at the same time:
Snow days (or any day off for that matter) are exciting. When I was in high school I would stay up way past my bed time when a snow day was announced. This resulted in me sleeping in way into the afternoon and essentially wasting an opportunity to GSD. Your body is very aware of your routine, so going to bed and waking up at the same time will keep you on track and at optimal productivity. 

2. Make a list ahead of time/Prioritize:
Most of the time you will not know if a snow day will be called until the morning of. If you suspect that school/work might be cancelled because of the weather - there is no harm in jotting down some tasks that you'd like to complete just in case! This way you end up having a clear vision of what to get done! Prioritizing the tasks will make it easier for you to plan out your time and stay focused. 

3. Work in the morning, relax in the afternoon
I am the kind of person who likes to work until everything is finished, so that I can relax guilt-free. I think this philosophy applies well to snow days. It's definitely nice to relax and have a lazy day - but think of how great that will feel when you know nothing is being neglected! 

4. Don't start new projects
This is a big one! It's easy to want to tackle everything on a day off. It's important to stay focused and complete the tasks you wrote down on your list. If you manage to finish everything completely - congrats - now you can consider taking on a new project. A lot of people feel like they are being productive because they are working on multiple things at once - but I believe that true productivity is working on and completing tasks at hand! 

How do you stay productive on a day off?

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  1. This is perfect- I have a snow day today! :) I completely agree with the third point you made. I always find that I'm more productive in the morning, so right now I'm attempting to do some calc hw (but I'm looking at blogs, so evidently I don't have much will power haha). Great post!

  2. Honestly, I am never productive on snow days. I stay in my pajamas and watch Netflix all day :) I do use the day to get ahead on blogging, though!

  3. I like the "don't start new projects"! Didn't think of that, but it would be so much better to just focus on the things you know you already have!


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