Jump-start your motivation after a holiday

By Robert Half 9th August 2016

The fun (and stress) of the summer holiday season is over and it’s time to get into the swing of things to achieve your business objectives by the end of the year. However, all you want to do is relax and enjoy the most of the sunshine while you can, which isn’t so great when you have a job to do. Here’s how to boost your energy and get your productivity back on track.

Let’s face it, it’s easy for your motivation at work to take a slump over the summer holidays and it’s hard to feel fired up for work again. Chances are, you don’t have the luxury of slacking off. In fact, with the end of Q3 fast approaching, it may be busier than ever and you need to get that motivation in check … now! Here are 5 tips for jump-starting yourself:

1. Arrive early

Try to get into the office before everyone arrives and you’re pulled in different directions with administrative demands. With the sun still rising before 6am, you’ll be able to focus intently on your to-do list when it’s quiet and get the ball rolling on what you need to accomplish that day.

2. Don’t procrastinate

Move those “I don’t want to” priority assignments to the top of your list and get them done. Maybe you need to call some clients about late payments or let one of your team members know there is some room for improvement. When you finish unpleasant tasks like these, a weight will be lifted and you’ll have nothing but positive work ahead of you.

3. Achieve you career goals

Another way to boost your motivation is to determine how close you are to meeting you professional goals for the year. It’s hard to have the post-holiday season hum-drum if you’re excited about a new challenge ahead of you, like earning your certification or finding a new job.

4. Get healthy

This may already be one of your personal goals, but it’s also valuable to your productivity at work. I know my own motivation levels can change a lot depending on what I’ve been eating and whether I’ve been good about going to the gym. Even little actions like drinking more water can help you feel more alert at the office.

5. Take your breaks

It’s easy to write off break time when you’re busy, but it will only contribute to burnout. Make sure you’re giving yourself time to recharge. This means stepping away from your computer periodically and going outside, which means you can still lap up those rays.

How are you getting yourself inspired again after some time away? Share your advice on how to stay motivated to finish the year on a high.

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