Feeling Unmotivated in January?

Feeling Unmotivated in January?

How to remain positive in January, and how to work hard even if you’re not motivated

For a variety of reasons, January is often said to be the most depressing month of the year. After the excitement of the festive season and its many opportunities for socialising, returning to work in the first week in January can be depressing, especially as there will not be another public holiday until Easter (which occurs in mid-April in 2017), and unless you use some of your annual leave, you are likely to need to work a full five-day week all the way through to Easter.

The best way of remaining positive if you are struggling to motivate yourself in January is to have some sort of major goal you can work towards. Consider what you want to achieve at work in the new year, and maybe ask your boss for a one-to-one meeting at which s/he can also suggest some targets you can work towards.

Your work-related goals for a new year might include:

Getting a pay rise. Consider what you might need to do to convince your bosses that you deserve a rise, and then put your plan into action.

Securing an internal promotion. Think about how you can demonstrate that you have the skills and experience required for higher-level roles.

Sitting professional examinations. If there are any additional qualifications, related to your job role, that you could study for, then make some enquiries about this. If you are motivated enough to put in the necessary study time, then this can be a very rewarding way of staying motivated and advancing your career.

Taking on additional responsibilities. You may for example decide to volunteer for any special tasks or projects which start in the new year. Many companies also recruit new starters at the start of a new year, and if your company is one of these then as a more experienced employee you may be able to assist with their induction and training.

Other ways you can stop the January blues interfering with your work include:

Consider booking some leave. Even if it’s just the odd day or half-day, having some time off booked in advance can give you something to look forward to.

Consider starting a club at work. How about starting a work quiz team, sports team or walking group?

Get some exercise. Consider visiting the local gym or going for a walk at lunchtime.

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