Jump-start your motivation after a holiday

By Robert Half 6th January 2020

The fun (and stress) of the festive holiday season is over and it’s time to get into the swing of things to achieve your business and career objectives for the new year. However, all you want to do is extend your Christmas holidays, 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 for the first-day blues.

Let’s face it, it’s easy for your motivation at work to take a slump over the holidays and it’s hard to feel fired up for work again. Chances are, everyone is keen to start the year off with a bang. In fact, with the many tasks still waiting from the end of the year, and year-end hot on the heels, 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. While it can be challenging when it's still dark, 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 what their goals for improvement are. 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 your career goals

Another way to boost your motivation is to review how you performed against your professional goals from last year. It’s hard to have the post-holiday season hum-drum if you’re excited about your successes and setting a new challenge ahead of you, like earning your certification or finding a new job.

Related: How to refresh your career goals

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.

Related: 5 things to ensure you work happy in 2020

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