This time of year, it can be hard trying to maintain positive energy in the workplace. The weather is cold and unforgiving, the holidays are over, and most days you’d rather be curled up in bed instead of sitting at your desk at work.
But fear not– we aren’t necessarily doomed to the boredom and negativity that most of us experience at work during this time or any other for that matter. Maintaining a positive attitude can lead to increased production and even a more creative perspective. It’s important to stay sharp even when we don’t feel like it.
In his article “4 Things That Will Make You More Motivated, Happy, and Creative At Work“, Eric Barker shares some tips on how to avoid the work blues and to increase your productivity and creativity. Here are some of our favorite points:
- Use progress to motivate yourself: Look at how far you’ve come since you started at the company you’re working for. Observe the progress you’ve made on a huge project or with a relationship with a client. Putting this into perspective and really understanding how much work and progress you’ve put into something will motivate you to make it even further.
- Put pressure on yourself (but not too much): You have to manage yourself. Give yourself a deadline for your projects, and you’ll feel more accomplished when you finish it. But don’t be too hard on yourself either. A heavy, high-pressure deadline can kill creativity and cause a lot of stress. Give yourself a realistic deadline to produce your best work on schedule.
In short, remember what you’re capable of and how far you’ve made it. Put yourself on a deadline that works for your company as well as yourself. Stay positive to increase your productivity during these chilly months!