It can be tough to stay motivated at work this time of year. The days are cold and short. The excitement of the holidays is long over. Summer vacation is months away. How can you get motivated and stay motivated at work?
Here are some things you can try:
Take care of yourself – That means a good diet, some exercise, and managing stress. Make yourself a priority and get proper sleep, eat mostly healthy food, and move your body everyday. Bundle up and take a 20-minute walk after dinner. When you are giving yourself good care, it makes it easier to take care of the other parts of your life. You don’t have to do this perfectly. Just be better to yourself.
Hang around positive people – Spend time around people with goals and plans, people who share your interests and are going somewhere with their lives. If you have many negative people in your life, set firm boundaries and limit your exposure to those who complain and whine and moan all the time. It is de-motivating and de-energizing to spend time with negative people. Don’t do it.
Say nice things to yourself – Practice positive self-talk. Say nice things out loud to yourself like “I’m good at my job” or “I am a positive and motivated person” or “It is easy for me to be successful at work” or “My coworkers respect and appreciate me” or “I have a good relationship with my boss.” Talk to yourself the way you want to be, not the way your life happens to be at this time. Remember, you may have gotten where you are mostly by accident but you can create your own vision and plan for your future. If you don’t currently practice positive self-talk, you will be amazed how good it feels and how it can contribute to positive outcomes. I do it all the time.
Figure out what’s holding you back – What do you need to become good at or what’s keeping you stuck where you are? What is a first step you can take to help you move forward? What is the next step? Who can help you move forward? Who or what is in your way? What can add value to you as a person and as an employee? Get started now. Taking control of your professional development can be motivating and rewarding.
Plan a winter getaway – Don’t wait until summer to plan a vacation. Even a long weekend away will help you catch your breath and get on a more positive track. Take this time and space to set a couple of short-term and long-term goals that will help you refocus your energy and pick up momentum at the workplace.
It is easy to get in a rut this time of year. But you don’t have to stay in a rut. Try just a couple of these suggestions and see if you can get yourself back on a positive and more motivated track.
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