How to stay motivated leading up to Christmas
It’s almost the home stretch – only a few weeks to go before you can put your feet up and relax with friends and family and not contemplate work for at least a week. But the problem is, you’re more fixated on that than work… so how do you stay focused for the last few weeks of the year? Here’s some of our tips!
Set some goals
Don’t wait until the new year to start setting goals, set some now and hit the ground running in January. This will keep you focused on what you need to do to get there, and also give you something to look forward to in the new year. It can be a bit of a drag returning to work after a nice break, but if you have something ready to attack when you get there, it’s much more inviting! If it involves further training or collaborating on a big job, speak to your manager about what you can do to get ahead and offer your services (and score brownie points, too!).
Let’s do Lunch
Make sure you use your lunch break! So many people don’t use what they are entitled to, and it is a big part of burning out. Even if it’s just 20mins, make sure you get out in the fresh air and clear your head. It makes a huge difference to your productivity in the afternoon, and makes those huge jobs seem quite manageable after all.
Check your list (and check it twice!!)
Have a look over what’s coming up in the next few weeks and try to get the big tasks out of the way before you break. Prioritising the big jobs allows the smaller, less pressing jobs to be left closer to the break, easing yourself into the holiday period! Daily lists also help you keep on track when the office is becoming overcome by holiday excitement! If you need to read more about staying organised, read our blog here).
Make time to celebrate the working year with your colleagues and clients, but make sure you choose the right events to attend and don’t over-do it! Attend events that you know will benefit you in the long run, such as a client’s party, or a networking event. Events that you enjoy will keep you motivated through the frantic season… just beware of hangovers, as that will destroy any motivation you have (there will be plenty of time for that on holidays!).
Overall – prioritise and have a good time, and you’ll be all set to recharge when the holidays finally arrive!!