Well, thanksgiving has come and gone and there is a sort of switch that goes off in our minds and bodies that causes any of us to disengage from work. We show up, participate but aren’t really plugged in. Know what i mean? We aren’t motivated to kill it and give it our all at work. So how do we beat this lull? How do we stay engaged when we hit this proverbial wall towards the end of the year?
1. Set measurable weekly targets
I am a big proponent of goal setting and towards the end of the year, a lot of the discipline that goes along with goal setting seems to fall by the wayside. When you find yourself larking, get back on the horse and finish strong. Knowing that you have a target should keep you motivated to get your projects done on time. In my experience, it’s not necessarily how you start but how you finish that makes a mark at your workplace. This is very essential to remember. Stay disciplined and focused by setting some measurable goals that you can reward yourself after once complete.
2. Don’t be too hard on yourself
This goes along with your goal setting. Once you have set a goal and reached it, remember to reward yourself in a positive way . Remember there are good and bad rewards. For example, saving money all year and spending it all over black friday as a ‘reward’ is an example of a bad reward. A good reward should be healthful and not detrimental in any way. For example, once you crush all your weekly goals you can reward yourself with a binge session of the new Gilmore Girls!
3. Start work earlier and leave earlier
Depending on where you are in the world, it may be getting darker sooner towards the end of the year. For example, in Boston the sun sets before 6pm. So looking outside the window at 5pm can feel like it’s already 8pm, which in all honesty is draining. I suggest starting and ending your day early. This way you are able to maximize the time that you have in the sun. Getting to work earlier allows you to be productive for a longer time in the day. In the same vein, getting home before it’s dark can allow you to get longer workouts in, which can boost your energy.
4. Workout more
Hitting the gym and getting your endorphins going especially before work can help boost your energy for the day. This will allow you to stay focused and engaged before the darkness creeps in at the end of the day. If you start work earlier as well, you are able to minimize the fatigue or grogginess that would be felt if you simply started your day without any exercise.
Tried any of these? Let us know. Have your own suggestions? Comment below or via social media!
Three women going through life.