3. DO YOUR WORK IN YOUR OFFICE AND LEAVE IT THERE
If you have never left work in the office, this is the time to do so. Many reasons exist for this. First of all, your work environment is more suited to work than your cosy home environment.
There are too many distractions in your house that will make you spend more time accomplishing less than if you had worked in your office. Every time you have to put off a task and come back to it due to distractions, you spend a lot of effort catching up with where you left off, not to mention the time wasted.
You would also be robbing yourself and the people in your life of the enjoyment they would have had you been present with them.
So, do your work in the office. Do as much of it as you can. And when you leave your workplace, take everything that is or appears to be working with you. When you get home, resist the temptation to turn on your computer to do some work.
Another important reason not to take your work home is that your mind needs a break to perform at its best. The more you do something and expose yourself to it, the quicker it becomes boring. More exposure breeds more familiarity, which often results in you getting bored.
It is incredibly challenging to do work when you’re bored with it. Those breaks between work hours help refresh your mind. While you might not realize this because you probably do the same thing every day, it is true.
Have you never had the experience when you left work for several days, say on vacation, and came back fired up with lots of ideas on how to change the world? Taking regular time off from work is essential to motivation. You’ll come back renewed!
So, leave work tasks at work!
4. YOUR PRIVATE LIFE SHOULD STAY AT HOME
Like ensuring you don’t do work at home, you should not take your private life to the office. Separating your personal life from your professional life helps you stay productive. Being productive – getting desired results on time – helps increase and maintain motivation and momentum.
Besides personal emergencies (and being hot and in love with someone), personal responsibilities related to Christmas are some of the most distracting things ever. There’s always an endless list of items demanding you do them now!
You have to get presents for each family member and your boyfriend and see the dentist before he too goes on holiday. You also have to buy that beautiful bag you saw in the store the other day before someone else gets it. Then you have to do some redecorating for Christmas and many more. The list of personal tasks just never seems to end. And they are also very distracting. One of the worst things you can do to yourself is use work time to do all of those. Decide to do all those things after work hours or get a friend or relative to help.
When you spend work time on personal projects, you will almost certainly have to bring work home, especially if you have deadlines to meet. The next thing you’ll realize is that you’re robbing yourself and the people in your life of social time together. You might also have to work late into the night and lose sleep, which means you won’t wake up well-rested. Then you’ll get to work the next day feeling groggy.
You soon find yourself in an endless cycle that never results in you doing good work or being refreshed or motivated.
So, long story short, keep your personal life at home. I’m sure you get the point already. Right?
5. SHUT OUT NEGATIVITY
One crucial thing you can do during the holiday to maintain motivation is to shut out negativity. No, I’m not talking about pumping yourself with inspirational quotes now. I’m talking about eliminating all forms of negativity. And where possible, shut it out, so it doesn’t get in in the first place.
One of the most significant sources of negativity is comparison. It is also one that goes undetected because you are the one that perpetuates it. The Christmas holiday has a way of amplifying this for some people. Social media doesn’t seem to help either.
I’ll just say this plainly: Stop comparing yourself with others. Live your own life. Do it at your pace. Run your race. Your girl, or her girl, accomplished one thing, built a business, got into a relationship, got married, bought a house or car, or did something else. It doesn’t mean you are doing bad or are not good enough.
One of the bad things about this type of comparison is that most people only see the incredible feats of others and compare them to their weaknesses, never seeing their own successes. This makes them look down on their efforts and hard work. You can’t maintain motivation by feeding your mind things that tell it you’re doing bad only.
Learn to look on the bright side. If motivational quotes help you, do well to indulge yourself. Do whatever works for you. Just don’t spend your time focusing on the negatives in your life or comparing yourself to others.
6. DON’T ALLOW LETHARGY TO SET IN
Yes, it’s a holiday. And yes, you should rest. But one thing you don’t want to do is allow lethargy to set in.
Don’t spend three or four days in bed or just binge-watching TV because you don’t have to work. Find a way to keep your energy levels high. Exercise if you must; play a game that moves your body with your family members.
Momentum is also an essential part of the motivation. Starting from scratch is way harder than starting from momentum.
So, if you already have something going on, don’t pack it up entirely because of the holiday. Build on your current level of productivity.
7. STAY PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY FIT
Your physical and mental health and fitness are a crucial part of the equation too. A sick body hardly wants to do anything. And so does a sick soul. Take the time to build your body and soul. You are a whole being. Take care of all of yourself. Eat right, sleep right, and expose yourself to things that uplift your soul.
Practice mindfulness and meditation if that works for you. Read books or articles that stimulate your mind, or both.
Exercise does help in keeping both the body and the mind fit. Studies have shown there is a link between your brain and your legs. This translates to the fact that motion is vital for brain and mental health.
Another part of that study revealed that people who move a lot are less likely to be depressed than those who move less. People with depression often found that aerobic exercises, including jogging, helped them battle depression.
The man was created to move! The less you move, the more you die. I know that must have sounded somewhat harsh. But that’s the reality. So, exercise for your body and mind.
The festive period can be so indulging that you begin to wonder how to stay motivated to work out during the holidays. I’ll simply say, if you already have a workout routine, continue. If you don’t, it’s actually a great time to start.
8. YOU ARE A SOCIAL BEING TOO
I guess I shouldn’t have to mention this. But I will for the benefit of those who might need this. You are a social being too. Socializing at a time like this also helps you. Of course, introversion and extroversion might make a difference in how many social activities you can indulge in. However, do your best to enjoy the company of the people you care about.
Enjoy their love, share laughter with them, share meals and have fun.
Meaningful interactions with loved ones can make a whole lot of difference and have a profound impact on your life. Staying motivated during the holidays is crucial to getting work done and staying productive. If you implement the tips I have given above, you won’t need those holiday motivational quotes. You’ll be so fired up and effective—as if there was never a holiday—while also enjoying the best of the festive period.
If you do all of these right, maintaining your motivation, you won’t be among those looking for how to stay motivated after the holiday season. And in case you didn’t realize it, getting back into your regular workflow can be hard after a holiday.
Finally, emotional exhaustion can significantly reduce your motivation. It is something you will need to guard against. I have a post that details some of the signs of emotional exhaustion and how to overcome them. I also have other posts on various topics that will interest and help you. One of them is on self-care routines for black women.
Read my other blog posts. They will help you improve yourself and live a healthy, fulfilled life—physically, mentally, emotionally, and otherwise.