How to keep Motivated in January
How to keep Motivated in January
Are you back at work today? Are you feeling motivated?
According to psychologists the so-called ‘January Blues’ tend to start on 2nd January and last until the beginning of February. January can seem like a long month with people feeling low and sluggish after all the Christmas and holiday festivities, having over-indulged and over-spent; the days are short and cold; Summer holidays seem a long way off.
If you are feeling slightly ‘blue’ and lacking motivation, here are 10 ways to embrace January and obtain what you want in 2023:
1. If you haven’t already listed your key achievements, then write them down and re-visit them whenever you feel demotivated. Identify any other objectives you wanted to achieve last year and didn’t and transfer those items on to your list of goals/New Year’s Resolutions for 2023.
2. Ask yourself what got in the way of realizing your goals/dreams last year and how you can overcome these obstacles/challenges/time-wasters this year; you may find that these may need to be put on a ‘STOP DOING’ or ‘STOP SEEING’ or very likely ‘STOP WATCHING’ OR ‘STOP SCROLLING’ list.
3. Ask yourself what the key priorities in your life are? What are the most important things/activities/people? Write them down and list your associated SMART goals alongside. You can do this for both your work and personal life.
4. To ensure you have a definitive list of SMART goals/resolutions for 2023, decide what position you want to be in by next Christmas or New Year's Eve, for example: happier/slimmer/fitter/in a new job/in a new house/having more of a work-life balance/being less stressed. Then plan and diarise specific steps as to how you will achieve your wishes. Working backwards can help.
5. If you think you don’t have enough time to accomplish some of your goals, focus on the top 3 - 5 and remember that you will always find time to do what you really want to do and enjoy doing. You can also limit your time on social media/watching TV/playing video games to create more productive time! These activities may also need to go on the ‘STOP DOING’ list.
6. In order to fulfil your ambitions, you will need to change your behaviours, so decide which ones you need to modify, for example, getting up half an hour earlier to fit in a run or workout before work. Ask yourself what you can do differently every day and make yourself accountable by enlisting the help of a partner/colleague/buddy. Start to break bad habits and reap the rewards.
7. Detox! If you can live off kale juice for a few days fine, but if you manage to detox your body, next try to declutter your desk/car/garage/wardrobe. Having a physical clear out is refreshing.
8. Having a mental clear out is empowering. So also ‘detox’ the negative people in your life, who are always complaining and criticizing, wanting to drag you down with them so that they feel better about themselves drinking/eating too much/avoiding getting fit; instead stay focused and do that online yoga class or download that meditation app.
9. Subscribe to online life hacks or download motivational books to keep you on track. Try something new every day to keep you on track when you feel like giving up and reverting to old habits.
10. When the negative thoughts and self-doubt do come along, focus back on your achievements and what you can control, i.e. your thoughts, attitude, and behaviours. Ignore the ‘Naysayers’ and stick to your plans. With little steps, quick wins and noticeable progress you will start to reap the benefits of your efforts.
If you do all these things and still feel demotivated, then enlist the help of a qualified Coach or Mentor to assist you in accomplishing what you’re aiming for. And the good news is that Spring appears to be just around the corner...the daffodils and snowdrops are already starting to push through!
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