We all experience lulls in our daily lives, especially when it comes to working, and with many of us still working from home with no end in sight, it’s forgivable to feel like you’ve lost your groove. This is why we went around the OITC office and asked the team how they bounce back work-wise when they lose their groove.
“Try asking yourself, is something bothering me, or is there a hurdle I can’t cross?”
One of the first things you can do when you’re in a funk is to recognise what is causing you to feel lost or unmotivated; Are you taking on too much work? Are you working longer hours? Is there something happening in your job that needs discussion?
Write down how you’re feeling, and recognise how you feel once it’s out. What frequently happens is we tend to complicate things and overwhelm ourselves before articulating how we feel. Next, once you identify the issue, it’s time to consider how to resolve it.
“Can you change your perspective?”
While most of us cant control the external (pandemic and all) – we can change our attitude. If you shift your perspective and start thinking about solutions and opportunities, you will find your mindset will shift. Having awareness is key to moving and changing your perspective.
A great practice to start is to identify the positives in each experience. Find three things you are grateful for and write them down; take a moment to reflect on them.
“I’ve been changing up my daily routine to generate the unknown”
Try switching up your daily routine to remove the boredom from your work life. Figure out which parts of your day you enjoy and look forward to and which you find yourself avoiding; try replacing the order in which you complete those tasks and see if your spark returns.
“Be excited by the little things.”
Even small daily and weekly wins such as going to your favourite place for coffee, meeting a friend for a walk or watching your favourite TV show can help boost your mood. Having those small things to look forward to weely can give you the motivation and satisfaction you need in the workplace.
“I cleaned out my social media.”
Looking for inspiration has never been more accessible in the age of social media. Yet – most of us follow the wrong kinds of influencers. Make an effort to clean out your social media and start to follow people who are creating innovative businesses, concepts you admire, who give motivating and tangible advice, and who share personable experiences about their struggles in business.
“I’ve made a conscious effort to separate my work and life when it’s in one space.”
While working from home shouldn’t mean you are working more hours, it is much harder to separate work and life when it’s in one space. Be clear when planning your schedule and stick to it. When your workday ends, put away your work devices and change out of your work clothes. Pop on some music or a podcast you enjoy and turn your work mind into your mind.