Having an overflowing email inbox and a to do list as long as your arm is not a day anyone at work wants to endure. You might find yourself longing for a day of nothing to do, however you might find it surprising that a few too many of these ‘nothing to do’ days can lead to more stress and bad workplace habits.
Reports suggest that having too much idle time at work encourages people to engage in unhealth work habits such as social media scrolling and ineffective time management, it can also cause disengagement from work – decreasing motivation and well-being.
Work slumps are inevitable however instead of scrolling through sites like the daily mail try these tips on keeping yourself productive and engaged…
1. Plan your day and your goals
You can’t expect to achieve anything fantastic without planning! Whether it’s a long-term career goal or a short-term goal you need to plan on how to get there and plan how each day is going to bring you closer to that goal.
At the end of everyday, plan for the next day. By making the most of the time you have you will be well on your way to being more productive and engaged at work (and your personal life too).
2. Never underestimate personal development
You can never improve unless you continuously learn! Whether it’s taking course’s or reading up on something you want to learn, personal development can take you from strength to strength. If you want to learn more about the business and aren’t busy, ask if you can shadow someone from another department so you can learn about what they do.
3. Know when to take a break
It’s hard to know when you need to take a break sometimes, however if you’ve been working hard and you’re struggling to keep up your motivation it might be time to take a step back and refresh your brain. Book some time off and refresh yourself with a holiday or a few days at home – it’s always surprising how some time off lets you set the reset button. You’ll be back to your motivated self in no time.
If you have any tips of how to reset your motivation we would love to hear from you!