If you’ve had your summer holidays and you’re struggling to get your mojo back when it comes to work, you’re not alone. But, as we come into the final quarter of 2019, maybe what you need to get your engine running again is to set yourself some new goals. Here’s how to get back on track so you finish 2019 strong.
Revisit your goals and remember your ‘why’
Think back to the start of the year. What goals did you set for yourself and for your business? How many of them have you achieved and what have you not got around to yet? Look at the goals you haven’t achieved and remind yourself why you set them. Remembering the ‘why’ is often the key to get you motivated again and it can help you push on when you’d otherwise let things slide.
Make yourself accountable
If your mind is still on the sun and sangria, it can be hard to stay on track, so enlist the support of a colleague or business partner who can be your accountability partner. Tell them what you want to achieve and by when, and schedule in some meetings to update them on your progress. Making yourself accountable like this often spurs you into action.
Know when to stick or twist
You might have set your original goals when your priorities were different, so think about whether they’re still relevant now. Be honest and ask yourself if you haven’t achieved some goals or even taken steps towards them because of fear or procrastination. This will tell you whether you need to persevere with your original goal or change course.
If you really want to finish 2019 better than when you started:
- Write your goals down with a deadline
- Get an accountability partner
- If your goal is big, break it down into smaller steps you can take each week until you’ve achieved it
- Make time to take the steps you need to take to achieve your goals
- Keep distractions to a minimum while you’re working on your goals (and this is a good tip generally too). Turn off email and message notifications, and definitely stay off social media!
Follow these tips and hopefully you will overcome your holiday blues and get motivated about work again. Remember the reasons why you do what you do, and it will carry you through the rest of 2019 and beyond!