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How to recharge your motivation and push your agenda forward
One of the few downsides to holiday breaks can be building your momentum again. Any slowdown or break away from work can leave you feeling slow – being removed from your usual hours, you stay up all hours and opting sleep-in late. As such, many return to work, still struggling to find motivation.
Discovering what motivates and compels action, plus implementing a few tricks, can help get you back into your work groove and daily routine.
Get early wins
As a quick fix, break down larger or longer tasks into smaller activities so as you tick them off and get back to your normal pace. These little wins will collectively increase your motivation levels for doing a job well done.
Preparing a cup of tea or coffee before tackling your emails can pull you through what is normally a tedious activity. Alternatively, promise yourself a treat once more challenging tasks are finished.
Utilise your calendar
Create daily checklists, and in turn enjoy the feeling of satisfaction as you complete and cross off each job.
Review the big picture
Whether you’ve held a long tenure or have started as a new employee, there’s always room to assess your role and question where you can add meaningful approaches, tasks or changes. If certain tasks feel more important to you than others, question why that is the case and apply that approach to other tasks where possible.
Just do it
For many of us, a motivational quote isn’t going to cut it. We need tougher means and methods to pull us out of our rut. It may be hard to hear but it’s time to get back to reality and get on with it.
Control your environment
If your work surroundings provide too many distractions, simply finding a meeting room and working from there until you start will force you to focus.
Break the bad habits
When you must finish a list, attack them one at a time. Refrain from constantly checking the time, distracting yourself with your phone and social media, or constantly thinking about how tired you are. These will only put you in a more negative state about being back at work.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
You don’t need additional pressure: it may only end up demotivating you even more. Just visualise yourself getting through the next two weeks, and think about what you can look forward to. Before you know it you’ll be back into swing of things.