Mastering Motivation

Jill Collins 06.04.2017

As the first quarter of 2017 closes, it’s time to reflect on what has been a busy three months and look at what else you hope to achieve in 2017.

While January 1st is the day most people sit down to plan out yearly resolutions and goals, if you are anything like me, by the second week in January, these are long forgotten.

So how do you keep motivated throughout the year and stick to these resolutions to achieve your goals?

Do Some Exercise:

Even if your goal is to get a promotion this year, you still need to strike a balance between work and personal life. The benefits of exercise in your everyday life is well documented. Exercise can relieve stress, improve memory, help you sleep better and boost overall mood. A poster in my gym boldly states “A one hour workout is 4% of your day – No excuses!” And it’s true. Even if a HIIT class isn’t your thing, throw on those runners and head out for a walk – with the longer evenings now, there really isn’t any excuse.

Get Enough Sleep:

I know I’m not alone when I reach for my 9am coffee to wake me up in work or struggle to stifle a yawn at 11am. While we all know sleep is important, just how is it affecting our work and motivation to work? Studies have proven that people who don’t get enough sleep can stress more, have reduced focus and therefore increase the potential for errors in work. If your concentration levels in work are waning, then maybe switch off that iPad and head to bed an hour earlier tonight!

Plan Ahead:

No matter what your goals are for 2017 – Run a half marathon, lose weight or tackle that new project in work – success will only come to you if you plan. Break down your goals into measurable and achievable mini goals so if you do become demotivated or derailed, then regroup and see how you can get back on track so your end goal is still in sight. Don’t let obstacles get in your way.

Reward Yourself:

We are all quick to admit failure and give up on something when we don’t reach a goal but don’t forget to acknowledge your mini achievements! Breaking yearly goals in smaller tasks is an ideal opportunity to provide positive encouragement when you achieve them. Choose rewards that are meaningful such as new shoes or a new book, so you feel motivated to continue on and reach that end goal!

If you are regrouping for the 2nd quarter of 2017, and looking for some advice on your career, then do not hesitate to get in touch with the Accountancy and Finance Team here in Morgan McKinley on 021 2300 300.

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Senior Consultant | Accounting & Finance Recruitment
jillcollins@morganmckinley.ie