If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the thermometer lately, you know it’s beyond cold outside across the United States. I’m not talking about frollic in the snow, building snowmen and having a snowball fight cold. No–it’s the kind of cold where venturing outside is a dangerous sport. Newscasters are advising people to stay indoors, schools are closing… it’s real out here, folks.
But while cabin fever may be clipping at your heels, have no worries. There are some things you can do to maximize your productivity during the inclement weather. Here a just a few ideas…
Make a Gratitude Jar
Hey, it’s still relatively early in the new year. This is a fun project that can bring out your creativity and help you be a more grateful, positive individual. Simply take any jar of your liking – Mason jars work especially well because they’re spacious – and mark it as your “Gratitude Jar”. You can show your creativity and decorate it, be it by doodling or making it a circular collage or vision board with pictures and sayings cut out from magazines or printed from Pinterest.
The key is what is inside the jar. Make a goal of writing at least one thing that you were grateful for that day., You can also vary this by making it things that make you smile, things that made you laugh out loud, but the point is to write positive things each day. You can empty it halfway through the year and look back at all of the positive things that occurred.
Don’t think these are only for squares either. Many people engage in making a gratitude jar to help with depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, or anything in between. So what are you waiting for? Make your gratitude jar today.
Have a movie marathon
Watching movies are a great way to pass the time when you’re stuck inside. Whether you’re streaming online or using a DVD, make it an event by making some great comfort food and throwing on your best pajama bottoms.
There are so many genres to choose from. Personally, I love a good documentary and period piece, but even if that isn’t your thing, there are plenty of places online to find what you are looking for.
Eat the frog first!
No, I don’t mean an actual frog. This term was actually coined by Brain Tracy, an author whose book of the same title is all about prioritizing. Essentially, by “eating the frog first” he means that you get what you least want to do out of the way.
I’m pretty sure that we all have things that we would avoid at all costs if we could. Tax season is upon us, that room you vowed to redo is still in shambles, that faucet is still leaky. Why not use the time you have to spend inside finally getting that project done. Put on a mellow Pandora station and just get to work. I promise you’ll feel so much more accomplished and proud of yourself once you eat that frog.
Of course these are just a few suggestions to help pass the time away from the cold. What are some of your favorite cold weather projects? Let me know!