Motivating yourself in the new year

We’re already a month into the New Year and if any of you feel the way I do, memories of summer holidays have long faded away as we dive back into the ‘daily grind’ of work, school and family.

Getting back into the groove can be a real challenge as we attempt to fulfil New Year’s resolutions which could involve healthier lifestyle, trying to balance work and home life, working harder to achieve good results in our studies, to name a few. In fact just thinking about all of these things is exhausting enough before we’ve even attempted to begin, leaving us feeling tired and demotivated.

In order to help you beat your post-holiday slump I’ve put together a list of some simple ways to stay motivated and start the year on the right foot:

Pace yourself! Don’t try to do everything all at once or you’ll wear yourself out too early on in the year. Instead, moderate your tasks and set yourself realistic timelines. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’.
Prioritise your tasks, similar to pacing yourself in point one. Give yourself the opportunity to complete a smaller task so you can enjoy that sense of accomplishment.
Manage your obstacles. Identify potential pitfalls and prepare yourself for them.
Give yourself high fives! Yes, let people in the office stare on as you allow yourself to celebrate your victories. This will keep you going when you need to start tackling those really big and difficult projects.
Set goals… make them visible all day everyday so that you don’t lose sight of what you want to achieve.
Break that habit and stop procrastinating. Don’t leave things for the next day, get it done now. Like the sports brand Nike always tells us, ‘Just do it’.
Find a mentor. This is quite an important point so read my last article on mentorship to find out what it involves and why it’s a good idea.
Focus on what you’re doing right instead of getting yourself demotivated with things you need to work a little harder on. It’s all about balance.
Vary your days so that you don’t get bored with doing the same thing over and over and over and over again (you get my point).
Do not be afraid to ask for feedback, advice and constructive criticism. This is how we are able to improve ourselves and learn new skills, and who knows, maybe you get noticed for being that much more motivated!

By Ali Tambellini

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