The Business Blues
As is usual in Melbourne, the weather this week has been all over the place and while the sunshine has been glorious, I’d be quite happy not to see anymore rain or hail. I’m not generally one to complain about the weather especially since I’m one of those crazy people who LOVE winter time and those freezing cold mornings when the sun is shining but the car is covered in frost, yep I’m strange. But I have found particularly lately, with so much on my plate, the days when the clouds have taken over and the rain is endless, the last thing I want to do is budgets, lists, invoicing or really anything business-y (yes, I know it’s not a real word!) when I could be snuggled up on the couch with a toddler, two pups and a good book or movie.
Now with winter setting in, Melbourne winters are notorious for wind and rain, I’m left wondering if other entrepreneurs out there too have days like this, when the idea of working goes in one ear and out the other.
Here’s a few tips that might just help get you going:
Let There Be Light
It still amazes me just how much good lighting can change everything! Your mood lifts and your productivity increases and if you’re a photographer or need to take photos, you’ll certainly know what I’m talking about when I say good lighting is the bees knees! Real daylight isn’t always an option, especially if if you’re living in Sweden and it’s darkness for 6 months of the year! But there are other types of lighting that can brighten your mood. For me personally, I’m a sucker for candles. This might be because of our time living in Sweden where everytime you go to the supermarket, you grad a bag of 100 tealight candles, and every shop, home and cafe have every window and doorway covered in candles during winter.(seriously the most beautiful way to spend winter) Everytime it gets dark and I light a few candles, suddenly everything seems more beautiful, which inspires me and I usually do my most brilliant creative work via candle light.
Sitting in a dark room with just the light of the computer screen isn’t ideal, and with lamps and light bulbs being more energy efficient than ever, finding a lamp to suit your room is easy. We’ve put together a few of our favourite for your to check out.
1. RANARP Work Lamp from Ikea. $49.99
A cross between modern and vintage, I love anything white but with the hints of brass and the black and white stripped fabric cord hit the spot for me.
2. CORDON Table Lamp from Freedom. $149.00
White, tick. Wood, tick. Brass, tick! more modern than the Ranarp from Ikea, but still showing some vintage lines.
3. HOLLYWOOD STUDIO from Fat Shack Vintage $120.00
Honoring the stunning simplicity of the of the large film studio lights, this beautiful desk lamp oozes character and charm.
If you do suffer during winter, there are a range of light therapy lights that replicate the UV light that the sun produces so that not only are you getting some bright light, you’re also getting a little vitamin D which is never a bad thing.
Sounds corny but if you can get up and move around for a even a minute you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next thing on your list. I’m lucky that I have a toddler and two puppies that keep me on my toes all day, often in the afternoon we’ll crank up the music and have a good dance around the house. The little man loves it, its great exercise for me and those few minutes away from the screen make me feel instantly energised.
Have your treat and eat it too
Who can say no to a chino? Not our little man, he loves going out or staying in for a chino. As well as our afternoon boogie sessions, around morning tea or afternoon tea time (or more likely when I’m in the mood for a treat) we’ll stop and have chino time. Frothy milk with a sprinkling of chocolate or a couple of Cadburys Chocolate drops and little man is one happy camper. Whilst I love my milk, I prefer mine with a little shot of espresso. Just like our dance break, I think that just stepping away from the computer screen can make a world of difference. I believe I mentioned treat??? For me a treat can be anything from a few crackers with the best french brie I can find, to some freshly baked cookies. Then again some days I’m pretty happy with a banana milkshake or a smoothie or some sort, but the key point is to have a little something that you enjoy, something that brings a smile to your face because it’s bound to make you feel happier and when you’re happier you’re more likely to be productive.
Give yourself a big hand
If you can’t break your funk, if you’re still feeling miserable, do me a favour. Find your first receipt, your first product or your very first idea that someone paid you for. Now admire it and give yourself a big pat on the back. How awesome are you? Sometimes we don’t give ourselves the credit we’re due, so go and do it now, trust me you’re day will be so much better.
How do you beat the business blues in the gloomy weather? Got any secret tips that work for you? We’d love to hear about it, add a comment below.