Motivation…we’re coming to the part of the year where it starts to wane. Summer is almost over, signaled by the gradual decline in temperature and daylight as well as the leaves sauntering off the trees.
As we start to move toward wrapping up the end of the year, it’s hard to stay motivated. Most of us are dragging ourselves over the end-of-the-year finish line or pondering how tiring the last year has been; yet we haven’t really accomplished everything we wanted to.
Motivation isn’t always about having exciting or engaging work. Sometimes internal factors are telling us to slow down, sleep in, and take more mental days off of work. So, how do we stay motivated during this time of the year amidst the weather shifting and the fact that we have begun starting and ending our days at work in the dark? Try these four tips to help fend off fall and winter sluggishness.
- Try a full-spectrum light, such as a Happy Light. These are especially helpful if motivation is waning because of changes in season. Even if seasonal changes don’t seem to be the reason for the lack of motivation, these types of lights can help put us in a better mood and keep us focused.
- Take meetings outside during the day; walk around the block. It may not be shorts weather, but there is something about walking out in the crisp fall air and listening to the crinkle of leaves that can recharge and refresh us. The workplace is stuffy with stale air and taking in a few breaths of fresh air while walking briskly gets the blood pumping life back into our bodies, motivating us again.
- Exercise! It’s best done in the morning, which is a great way to start out the day and to maintain good energy and motivation levels. It may be hard to get up a bit earlier to fit this in, but once a rhythm is obtained, it gets easier to start the day with exercise.
- Take time off. If the entire year was spent working without so much as a dent made in the allotted vacation time, now might be a good time to use some. There’s nothing more motivating then decompressing from work and enjoying some down-time for our brains and bodies.
Losing motivation happens to everyone. The key is to notice when it’s occurring and take steps to lessen the influence.