The Christmas period has been and gone, the last of the mince pies have been eaten and it’s back to work. While many of us return to the workplace feeling rested and recharged after the holidays, it’s not uncommon to feel a lack of motivation, especially in the first few weeks of quarter one. So, to beat the January blues, we’ve put together our favourite ways to get motivated for 2017 so you can make the most of the new year.
Know Your Goals
Returning to an inbox inundated with emails and stacks of paperwork on your desk can be a daunting prospect. But if you sit down, evaluate your goals for Q1 and work out strategies to conquer them, you’re already 50% of the way to tackling the challenge. Knowing your goals is a quick way to a clearer mind this new year.
Set Realistic Targets
But on the other hand, assess whether your goals are achievable. If on your “to-do” list you find things like “become CEO of the company”, “become the all-time sales record holder” and “make my first million” you could be setting yourself up for a disappointment. Start out small and work your way up.
Get Out of The Office
A change of scenery can give your team a huge boost in morale. So, get out of the office and book your company an away day that they’ll never forget. Not only will this energise the workforce, but you’ll all feel rejuvenated and your team spirit will feel stronger than ever heading into yet another busy 12 months.
It’s been scientifically proven that working out can reduce stress and improve your general mood, leading to better success and productivity at work. If your workplace isn’t particularly active, 2017 is the perfect chance to change things. You can try a Ride Your Bike to Work Scheme or enter a “Fittest Workplace” challenge – there’s plenty of incentives to choose from too.
Learn Something New
It can be all too easy to get stuck in a specific role within your organisation, never learning anything more than what you “need to know”. So why not make 2017 the year you find out a little more about where you work? You never know, you might just find your next opportunity to climb up the corporate ladder.
The Sound of Music
We mentioned in our article 11 Confidence Boosting Self-Esteem Tricks last year that music can be an extremely effective motivator. Guess what? Nothing’s changed in 2017, so if your team is struggling to get back in the groove, give them a soundtrack to work to and see if you can be one of 65% of businesses that say music makes their workplace more active (source: BBC).
List Your Victories
If you’re having problems with self-esteem leading into the new year (we’ve all been there) then you might find it hugely productive to list all your achievements in the previous year. Once you see them all written down on paper, you’ll realise just how much you accomplished and how much of your success that you maybe don’t give yourself as much credit for as you should.
Enjoy What You Do
Finally, there’s no better way to motivate yourself for another year in the workplace than this: take enjoyment in your work, take pride in your efforts and keep a positive mind. Embrace your mistakes, learn from them and become a better colleague in the process. After all, we’re only human!