6 Ways To Stay Productive After A Time Change

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I don’t know about y’all, but this time change has me completely thrown off. It’s been much drearier lately and the sunset is now around 5:00 p.m. in Birmingham. This makes getting shooting content a lot harder and also has had me feeling less productive at night. I am finding myself wanting to go to bed as soon as it’s completely dark, but I still have a lot to do. I wanted to share tips that have helped me be more productive in the winter as each day is getting shorter and shorter until December 22nd.

How To Stay Productive After A Time Change:

  1. Plan Ahead/Establish A Routine:I am a huge planner and have found when I come up with a routine and write down the task I need to get done each day, I am a lot more accountable. I use this paper day designer planner and this has helped me become a lot more organized.
  2. Meal Prep: Lately, the last thing I want to do is cook when I come home and it’s dark outside. I am finding meal prepping on the weekend to be helpful. Also, crockpot recipes are a life saver. Nothing is better than coming home to dinner that is already cooked.
  3. Go To Bed Earlier: With the darkness early, I am wanting to go to bed earlier. Going to bed earlier has helped me a lot, since I am able to wake up earlier and be more productive in the daylight.
  4. Take Advantage Of Weekends: I love to take advantage of weekends to shoot content, meal prep, run errands and clean, especially if Jake is working. This makes the weekdays a lot smoother when I don’t have to do many chores during the week.
  5. Exercise: Although it’s not my favorite thing to do, exercise really helps with my energy and productivity levels.  I always feel a lot better when I’m done and I’m glad I did it.
  6. Dress For Success:I find myself a lot more productive and happy when I like my outfit. Anyone else that way? With the colder weather, this checked cape sweater from Chicwish is perfect to dress for the season. It runs a little oversized, but that’s the style. You can layer it if it’s really cold or not. I paired mine with some Spanx faux leather leggings and a hat and love how it turned out.

How are you staying productive after the time change?



  1. November 7, 2019 / 5:13 am

    I know I am in the minority to love it getting dark early since it helps me with my insane work schedule- haha! 🙂 Great tips though. I have been slacking on meal prepping this week and need to jump back to it.

    xoxo A

    • abyersguide
      November 7, 2019 / 10:13 pm

      That makes sense! It just makes me want to sleep at 6 haha. Thank you so much. It helps a lot.

  2. jenniferpickering22gmailcom
    November 7, 2019 / 10:56 am

    These are great tips! I got used to the time change right away but I feel like I’m falling behind on everything!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • abyersguide
      November 7, 2019 / 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! I’m feeling the same way too.

  3. Lindsey Puls
    November 11, 2019 / 12:02 pm

    These are great tips! I really need to work on exercising too – now that I live such a long ways from a gym, the cold and time change have so not been motivating me. Haha.

    • abyersguide
      November 13, 2019 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you so much, Lindsey! I just started back at the gym today. I haven’t been going much the past couple of months. I agree this is a hard time to motivate me.

  4. November 12, 2019 / 10:05 am

    These are such great tips and totally doable. Thanks for sharing.

    • abyersguide
      November 13, 2019 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you so much! I am so glad you find them doable.

  5. November 12, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Great tips! Planning ahead really helps me.

    • abyersguide
      November 13, 2019 / 10:05 pm

      SO glad you liked them! I completely agree.

    • abyersguide
      November 18, 2019 / 9:29 pm

      You’re so sweet! Thank you 🙂

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