It’s that time of year. The sky awakens each morning bluer and brighter than the previous morning. The grass is growing faster than we can trim it. The trees and bushes that lay dormant during the cold winter months are now budding with leaves and petals. The breeze is beginning to blow warm air instead of the normal chilly arctic blast. The smell of the air around us is a daily reminder that spring is here!
I love spring. Probably not as much as fall because I’m an October baby and I love pumpkins and apple cider and all that comes along with it, but with each year that I age, by the time winter is drawing to a close, I find myself hungrier and hungrier for spring. I crave sitting outside in a tank top with a cold glass of lemonade. My fingers itch to open the windows. I happily wake up to beautiful sunshine instead of dark dismal clouds. I plead for thunderstorms. I think this means I’m officially an adult.
The only downside to spring (besides the ever present threat of Missouri tornadoes) is that while I feel motivated and energized, I can’t get a single thing done because all I can do is bask in the glory of spring. Say it with me: Spring Fever.
IbuProfin doesn’t work. Tylenol doesn’t work. Benadryl doesn’t work. So what are you supposed to do to snap yourself out of the blissful haze and focus on getting projects done? It’s not just students who feel this way. I remember being in elementary school, high school, and even college: as the air turned warmer, my attention span grew shorter. When I was employed, I would find more reasons to sneak away from my desk and stare out the window. I’d take a walk out into the warehouse for any reason I could find. And now as a stay at home mom, I sit at my computer and pretend to write, just so I can stare out at the blue sky and fluffy white clouds, which I’m fairly confident turn into cotton candy in the spring. Or I pretend that my son desperately wants to go outside and of course since he’s only one year old, I have to go with him. I believe they frown upon letting a one year old child venture outdoors on his/her own.
I have developed a game plan to force myself to accomplish at least something during this beautiful season (because we all know that summer is nipping at spring’s heels with 100+ degree weather and then the spell is broken).
My game plan is this:
- Wake up earlier. If the sun is getting up earlier, then I can too. (Okay, so I haven’t actually accomplished this part yet)
- Make a to do list for the week. This includes household chores, writing projects, and fun projects.
- Hide the remotes from myself and my son. No tv. Period. End of story.
- Make a happy spring time playlist to listen to. The upbeat music keeps me on my feet.
- Drink tons of water throughout the day to keep my brain lubricated and my focus sharp (except for the hundreds of times I have to run to the bathroom)
- Use my second wind after my son goes to bed at night to power through as much of my to do list as I can.
- Pass out in bed.
- Wake up and do it all again!!!
So there it is. I don’t know what you do to maintain focus during the crisis that is Spring Fever, but this is my routine. I welcome any other suggestions if you have a better plan!