Plotting and planning. Napping and dreaming. Po-tay-toe/po-tah-toe, right?
Let's face it, for most of North America (if not the world) this has been a long, hard winter. It's not easy to stay motivated when the days are cold and grey. Once the essential work is out of the way, all I want to do is snuggle under a blanket with a good book or video.
To keep going, I've taken to bribing myself. For instance, with the exception of first thing in the morning, I can only have coffee when I'm working.
After a few sleep-impaired nights, I had to modify my rule to "I can have coffee while I'm working before dinner."
I don't actually get depressed in winter...at least no more than usual. Long nights and short days are fine with me, especially since I work better at night. The cold only bothers me if I get chilled (which isn't the same thing as feeling cold). In fact, I'd rather have a cold clear day than a warmer grey one.
I don't mind the snow, as long as it stays off the road and sidewalks. Snow on lawns and trees can be very pretty.
It's just that winter is so exhausting. Heavy boots and multiple layers of clothing literally and figuratively weigh a body down. No wonder I crave afternoon naps at this time of year (as opposed to the siestas I take in the summer). Doesn't everyone?
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some planning and plotting to do...under a warm blanket.
Hey! I almost made my March 4th deadline for this blog. Maybe I'll get even closer to Monday March 18th...which, according to my calendar, is St Patrick's Day in Newfoundland.