- Posted by Richard Iurilli
- On March 6, 2015
Suffering from a lack of motivation? Look outside—it may be the weather.
We’ve all been there, especially around this time of year. Winter finally fades into the background (not a moment too soon, if you’re in the northeast like us, where we’re starting to feel like we’ve been transported to a colder, snowier Seattle), but March brings plenty of rainy days and gray skies along with its warmer temperatures.
If you feel less motivated than usual on those days, you’re not alone. Scientists haven’t been able to identify exactly why our motivation disappears when the sun does, but they have some ideas. There’s even a mood disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, that affects people who live in places that are consistently dark and dreary.
So what do you do on those mornings when you feel like you can’t get anything done? Instead of sending yourself into a caffeine coma, try some of these methods to get your motivation back.
I’m waitin’, waitin’ on a sunny day / Gonna chase the clouds away
If Mother Nature won’t cooperate, take matters into your own hands. Wear cheerful colors, and add some color to your office or cubicle to counter the gray skies outside. Whether it’s a vase of flowers or a photo of palm trees on some beach in the Carribean, bringing some brightness into the room can go a long way towards improving your mood. Get the entire department on board and make spring come early this year.
I’m singin’ in the rain / Just singin’ in the rain
You probably already know that listening to upbeat music is often enough to make your dreary mood go away. It doesn’t have to be about rain—personally, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball can get me through just about anything. Pick whatever works for you. If you can’t listen to music in the office, skip your usual podcasts or the news (what’s more depressing than that, anyway?) for a day and put on your rainy day playlist while you drive to work or sit on the train.
The sun will come out tomorrow
There aren’t many things more motivating than a to-do list with check marks next to everything. Instead of diving right into your inbox or burying yourself in a massive project to start the day, make a list of some of the smaller things you have to do—no matter how basic—and start checking them off. Once you’ve knocked out five or six of them in an hour, you’ll be ready to stick out your chin and grin and tackle the bigger tasks that await you.
You can stand under my umbrella, ella, ella
Marketing is a team game these days, so you’re not going to get a whole lot done if you’re the only one who isn’t slouched over your desk guzzling coffee by the gallon. Maybe the next gray Monday is the perfect time for an inpromptu team bonding session. Something as simple as ordering bagels or donuts can lift everyone’s spirits so they’re ready to take on the rest of the day.
As Spring rolls around, you can’t expect the raindrops to stop fallin’ on your head, but you can take steps to make sure they don’t stop you from doing everything you need to do to make your marketing initiatives a success come rain or come shine. If you’ve got your own preferred method of coping with dreary skles, we’d love to hear about it.