January can be a bit of a “downer” for many employees, having returned from the festive break to watch glorious summer days unfold from the office window. Here are some tips to keep motivation levels up and maintain focus:
Write a list of things to do
If you feel like everything seems to be stacking up one on top of the other, then a good way to stay in check is to write out all your tasks and tick them off as you go, this helps you keep track of what has been done and what is yet to be completed.
Keep an inspirational quote by your work PC
Print out, and pop on your desk an inspirational quote, photo or small object which will act as a constant reminder of why you are doing what you are doing!
Take a quick break to clear your head
We all get frustrated from time to time. If you’re having a stressful morning or afternoon, take time to move away from your desk - either with a quick walk outside, or making a tea/coffee - these can make a big difference, and help you refocus when you return back to your desk.
Turn off your emails for an hour
Emails are a distracting force throughout the working day - recent stats show the average person spends more than 2.5 hours each day just responding to emails. If you have a particularly important task, it can really break your concentration to have email notifications popping up every few minutes, so turn off your inbox for an hour and focus on the task at hand.
Clean up your workstation
A cluttered desk can affect motivation levels, so ensure that you regularly organise your desk items.
Speak to someone who is an ‘Energiser’
Every office has one, the person who always has a smile on their face and a friendly word to say. Take time to have a chat with someone who is dynamic, driven and can offer words of encouragement.
Focus on your ‘end game’
Always keep in mind why you are doing what you’re doing. Whether it’s working to increase customer engagement, drive sales growth, or something else, if you don't have a clear idea of what success looks like, you won’t know when you have hit it!
Source HC Online