Depending on where you live (and this year that includes pretty much anywhere on the planet) winter has gone on too long. By the time February ends, we should be seeing bluer skies and warmer temperatures. But March dragged itself on the scene yesterday with more snow here in the Northeast–more on top of what we didn’t shovel last week, hoping it would melt on its own.
I never put too much stock in the SADD (seasonal affective depressive disorder–or whatever it stands for) but maybe there is something to it. This week I am feeling down in the dumps and unmotivated. And that is probably in large part this cold and snowy winter that just won’t quit.
But every day I do force myself to spend at least an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon in the studio trying to get some work done. Last week, I did a required straightening up and folding of all fabric–which did help a lot. Once I was able to put things in order and actually see what I had, it did make going in the room a more pleasant experience–straightening up is not optional! Some days I find myself really getting in the swing of it and spend more time, others I am practically one foot out the door.
What is my point? If I had a real job in the real world I would have to be there every day, whether I felt like it or not. Winter, cold, snow, whatever–if you have a job, you get there. From that perspective, when I had a real job it did force me to put on nice clothes, makeup and comb my hair and get the heck out of the house. Working from home means I haven’t been out of my sweatpants and my hair hasn’t been out of the ponytail for days now. And we won’t even talk about makeup! (don’t worry, I still shower!!!)
So if you are feeling the same way, take my advice. Don’t entirely give in and slump on the sofa watching TV, push yourself to do at least a little work every day. Especially with the right music (even Yendrik didn’t feel like dancing today) and getting into the zone of a project that is going well does help.
Spring isn’t that far away—is it?