With the holiday season officially started, year end-fatigue has probably hit you hard. The tasks you still have ahead of you seem hard to do. Your to-do list seems unending. And you just can’t summon any enthusiasm for any of it.
If you’re in this predicament, we’ve scoured the web to find all the tips and tricks you need to help you toss the covers aside and kick start your day on a positive note.
Jump Out of Bed Immediately
Arguably, the worst thing you can do to decrease your level of motivation is to stay in bed for longer than you planned to. The longer you debate whether or not you should jump out of bed, the greater the chances that you’ll end up staying in bed. So how do you get out of bed?
Place your alarm clock in a hard to reach place or even in a different room. It’s no brainer, but it’s definitely a good strategy to get your day started. Think about it like this: Getting out of bed when you need to, is the foundation, which without, everything else falls flat.
Focus On What You Have to Do Today
Forget about the long list of tasks you need to do for the day. Constantly looking at the bigger picture will only leave you overwhelmed. To truly get yourself started, focus your mind on the present. Whilst getting ready, think about the task you have at hand. In that way, when you settle down at your desk, you’ll work towards accomplishing the small tasks that will eventually lead to achieving the bigger project.
Make Discipline Your Friend
Nothing comes without discipline. When you’re disciplined you gain freedom and when you gain freedom you get more done, you improve and remove regret from anything you haven’t done.
If you practice procrastination and laziness that is what you’ll be. However, when you practice being successful, you’ll essentially practice what successful people do every day, which will lead you to your own success.
Create an Inspiring Environment
In order to inject some motivation in you, you need to create a space that inspires you. Whether this means surrounding yourself with images that inspire you or throwing out anything that’s clogging your space, creating a space where you can stay motivated will block out any feelings of depression.
Do the same for your work station. Splurge a little on some desk accessories, if they’ll add that extra bit of inspirational fun. Or print out motivational quotes to paste around your working area. Your work area is where the magic happens, so let it affect you positively.
Overcome Your Mental Battles
We all have battles that we consistently have to fight. The thoughts that fill your mind should assist you in your journey. If they don’t, block them out. How you ask? By paying attention to what needs to be paid attention to.
Learn to fill your mind with creative, positive and ambitious thoughts. Giving attention to anything else will push you away from your goal.
Ultimately, everyone’s formula for motivation is different. By finding what keeps your engine running, you’ve won half the battle. Employing the tricks that work best for you is the next step to beating that morning slump.
Enjoying Your Holiday Is Good For Your Career
With the festive season at our feet, you may be experiencing a yo-yo of emotions: from guilt for neglecting your work, to excitement for the time you’ll be relaxing with friends and family. Keep in mind that a healthy work/life balance allows you to break away from a normal routine. If you’re one of those with a tight schedule and non-negotiable to-do list, then you’ll benefit from embracing your down time most.
Here are the top reasons why you’re better off completely ignoring your guilt and better off focusing on embracing the excitement instead:
The Dangers of Working Through the Holiday
The danger with having all work no play not only makes you as dull as (that boy) Jack, but it also makes you weak, unproductive, and clumsy in the long run. By not giving your body the chance to rest, you’re weakening your body’s ability to fight even the weakest germs.
- Too many hours of having to concentrate leads to losing the ability to concentrate.
- The quality of your work will plummet,
- Your memorisation techniques will give in one by one,
- Using too much energy without recharging ultimately gives you brain fog.
- Also, an exhausted body is more susceptible to colds and flu which means you’ll work yourself into a sickbed and off from work (in worse circumstances) anyway.
And every good boss knows this. So don’t be paranoid about leaving a bad impression, coming across as lazy or being accused of ‘taking advantage of the situation’. Truth is, when you get back, you’ll be a better worker.
The Benefits of Enjoying Your Holiday
You’ll be healthier
All that built up stress, worry and exhaustion will be replaced by relaxation and lots and lots of sleep.
You’ll be more productive
Because you haven’t done anything related to work in a long time, your ‘fed up’ attitude (towards work or an annoying colleague) would have subsided and you’ll be prepared to tackle new problems with fresh insight and new found determination. In fact, you might even have missed your job. They do say that absence makes the heart grow fonder.
You’ll gain new perspective
Even if you aren’t fed up with your work environment and actually love your job and co-workers, a break could be a liberating and creative experience. Anything that’s different is educational and could spark career boosting ideas. With a clearer mind and fresh ideas comes a positive outlook and attitude.
You’ll impress your boss
Having a work-life balance is important and more and more companies are gradually realising this. A well-adjusted employee is every manager’s dream:
- By taking time to live life, you’ll be a happier person.
- A happy person is a happy employee.
- A happy employee is a good worker.
- A good worker is a productive worker.
Quality time, creating memories, and sharing laughter brings a family together. It’s no secret that spending uninterrupted time with your loved ones is a precious gift. And when your personal relationships are in a good space, you too are in a good space – the feeling of joy and content translates into your attitude towards work too.
So go on, let go and enjoy your well-deserved break.
How to Find Balance Between Work and Life
It comes as no surprise that finding a healthy work life balance will reflect quickly in the quality of your work and provide you the time to reflect on your actions.
Operating at warp speed without providing yourself an outlet will curtail your creativity and prevent you from looking objectively at your work.
It is vital to set boundaries and know your limits. Recently, two young people well known to me, have landed up severely ill in a state of ‘burn out’ from working unsustainable hours and taking on way too much responsibility. Both highly intelligent, exceptionally responsible individuals allowed themselves to get lost in hectic work hours at a frenetic pace, never stopping to take care of themselves. We are not built to sustain this type of lifestyle. I often wonder how the likes of Barack Obama, Helen Zille and David Cameron cope with their schedules. These driven individuals wake at 4 am and rarely retire before midnight. It is my opinion the reason they are able to sustain this pace is that most of the ‘small stuff’ is taken care of by very able aids.
Earlier last year I was a guest at a presentation made by a leader in the banking community. The audience was a largely made up of SME business owners. The speaker mentioned how they invest in business owners because they are the ‘risk takers’, but went on to add that they like to see their ‘risk takers’ enjoy regular holidays. Having the space away from your business zone gives one the opportunity to refuel and focus on the other extremely important areas in one’s life.
The Wheel of Life model explains that in order to become an optimal functioning individual a person needs to develop seven areas, namely: financial, family, mental, work, social, physical and spiritual. If we ignore the other important areas our coping mechanisms will become adversely affected.
Often, when I find a staff member is exhausted, instead of cracking the whip, I urge the individual to take some time off. It is a win-win situation. The staff member gets the time to focus on the other areas in his/her life returning to work feeling motivated, less stressed and grateful for the time off. One cannot remain alert, goal orientated and focused when areas of your life are not being nurtured.
Setting boundaries and ensuring there is time for self-reflection, which is the key personality trait for achievers, is easier said than done. It is therefore apparent that ‘rest’ has to be scheduled. Scheduled with no feeling of guilt or anxiety. Without scheduling this time off, many aspects of your life will be neglected and your ability to balance work and life will be seriously compromised.
Yours in Personnel
Courtesy of Careers24