Over the Christmas period, many of us will enjoy the luxury of a week off work. This time off lets us enjoy some much needed rest and time with our loved ones, but it can make getting back in the office extremely difficult.
The first week of January will always be met with disappointment, as the festive period comes to a close, so how can we beat these January blues and give our motivation a boost?
Set new goals
With a new year comes a blank slate to start afresh. Why not start the year off with some brand new goals? This could be to do certain tasks in a shorter amount of time, to learn a new skill or go after a promotion at work.
Having a new set of goals to aim for over the year will give you something to work towards and give you a bigger sense of achievement when you finally reach them!
Change the way you work
When you do a job for a long period of time, it can start to become fairly monotonous. That’s why finding a new way to do your everyday tasks can be just the thing you need to refresh your workflow.
This could be simply changing the time of day you complete a particular task, for example, checking your emails in the morning instead of the afternoon or trying a different work technique than you are used to.
Try a new time management tool
We all have to work to some form of deadline and although we can start off hitting every time goal set for us, it won’t be long before we start to lag behind.
Trying out a new time management tool could help you to find your pain points when it comes to organisation and help you to better distribute your time throughout the day.
Explore 90-minute intervals
You will know that if you have to focus for long periods of time, your motivation and attention span can take a hit. Florida State University
recently did a survey that revealed that the top performers worked in 90-minute intervals throughout the day.
This appears to be the perfect amount of time to concentrate on one task - any longer than 90-minutes and you could find your productivity plummets.
Re-decorate your work area
You workspace is where you spend the bulk of your time, in fact, you probably spend more time at your desk than your home!
If you get back after the Christmas break and feel like you’ve never left, try giving your workspace a clear out. You can tidy up your clutter, or add a few new items to brighten up the space.
Just small and simple changes can make the biggest impact when it comes to changing the way you think and feel about your work day. You could also try a change in scenery to boost motivation. Choosing co-working spaces like Accelerate Places
can position you in prime locations, giving you the perfect balance of work and play.
Change the way you think about January and make it a time to set new goals and achieve new heights within your business and you’ll soon feel the January blues disappear completely.