5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Motivation After the Holiday Season


The fun (and stress) of the holiday season is over and it’s time to start the new year. However, all you want to do is rest, 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.

Let’s face it, it’s easy to lose motivation after the holiday season. After the family celebrations and eating a bit too much of dad’s famous pecan pie or grandma’s traditional rugelach, it’s hard to feel fired up for work again.

Chances are, you don’t have the luxury of slacking off. In fact, with company initiatives launching with the start of the year, 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. 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 tell a junior admin you manage that he needs to improve. When you finish unpleasant tasks like these, a weight will be lifted and you’ll have nothing but positive work ahead of you.

3. Set career goals

Another way to boost your motivation is to determine your professional goals for the year. Julie Perrine wrote a great article on what you need to do in Take Note last month. It’s hard to have the post-holiday season doldrums if you’re excited about a new challenge ahead of you, like earning an administrative certification or finding a new job.

4. Get healthy

This may already be one of your personal resolutions, 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 my yoga classes. 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. This means stepping away from your computer periodically and going outside when you can.

How are you getting yourself inspired again after the holiday season? Any advice to others on how to boost your energy and be productive?

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