At this time of year, it can often feel like Winter will never end.
After all, we’ve had 3 months of cold, short, nights with the promise of at least another two months left to go.
At time like these it can be very easy to slip into the habit of taking our lives for granted. It’s hardly surprising: when the days get shorter it becomes more difficult to feasibly pack more into each day.
There’s only so much we can do with the little amount of daylight we have, usually more mundane tasks end up taking the forefront. By the time the sun sets at 5pm, we’re done for the day and our bodies naturally enter into evening mode. Our metabolism slows down, but our hunger does not dissipate, so we eat ourselves into food comas and pass out in front of the TV.
So how can we make the most of these short Winter days, when our bodies, as well as our social calendars, are hardwired to make us lazy?
Here are a few ways you can maximise your Winter hours, so you can achieve more:
Get Up Earlier
Proverbs 6:9-11 says: ‘How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest”– Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.’
Whilst you might infer that you’ll end up being more tired come the evening, you would be wrong.
If you set your morning wake-up alarm anywhere from half an hour to an hour earlier than usual (and actually wake up) then you’ll give yourself extra time in the morning before you need to go to work. That extra time can be used to relax or smash through a couple of small tasks.
Don’t Have A Day Off
Proverbs 13:4 says: ‘The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.’
The Lord saved Sunday as a day of rest, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend the whole day lazing around!
One of the best ways that you can maximise your productivity in Winter is to simply not give yourself a chance to stop. Don’t let yourself sit down for day – get up and keep going!
Keep Busy In The Evenings
Ephesians 5:16 says: ‘Be very careful, then, how you life – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.’
This goes hand in hand with the above point. Your evenings should be seen as opportunity to get things done rather than a chance to slob out.
Make plans with friends, go out for dinner, schedule a hobby session. Don’t leave yourself with a spare evening and you’ll soon find that you’re making the most of the Winter nights.
Eat Dinner Early
Proverbs 17:1 says: ‘Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.’
Lastly, eating dinner early, besides being good for your health, is a great way to free up hours in the evening.
Obviously, if you work in the evenings then this won’t be helpful, but if you arrive home at 5:30-6, don’t simply sit down and rest for an hour – crack on with dinner ASAP and you’ll have the rest of the evening to spend at your leisure!