Getting Out of a Rut

Build Connections.

It’s been said that we often feel demoralised at work because we feel emotionally disconnected at the office. We’re social creatures, and yet, close to 70% of office-working adults feel like they have little emotional connection to people at their workplace. However, feeling accepted and useful at work is quite important in ensuring you have the drive to last through your workday. Workgroups that have high levels of interpersonal trust and mutual respect are happier and more productive. When a culture of encouragement and confidence is built, rather than one of embarrassment, rejection or punishment, then workers are more driven to accomplish more. Try showing up five minutes earlier for meetings and having some light conversation. It’s actually not meaningless at all and goes a long way in opening you up to future friendships and relationships.

Take a Break, For Real.

I know it’s easier said than done, but take a break from your work completely. Take a day or two off from work and don’t worry about it all. If you feel like you’re getting stressed about your work, distract yourself with exercise, your favourite show, or some family time. Genuinely do things that are fun. Sometimes we feel detached from doing our best because there are no rewards or breaks that await us. So make a reward and break for yourself. Don’t hesitate to take a break when you need to. Your health comes first.

Rely on Habits, not Willpower.

Instead of relying on sheer will to power through your tasks, try to create habits that ensure your consistency. Break down a big, difficult task into much smaller ones. For example, if you have a huge event to plan, separate it into smaller, manageable tasks that you can actually accomplish. This boosts your confidence in your ability to get the work done. You could also build a habit that transitions into momentum to get you working. For example, checking your email could be the first step of getting started. Alternatively, getting that cup of coffee from your favourite cafe could set you into the mood to sit down and get working. It cues your mind to get into the mood to work.

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