Are your energy and enthusiasm levels starting to wane? It’s that time of year, when the weather begins to take a turn for the worse, holidays are a distant memory, and performance reviews are in full swing.
While the mid-year slump can be hard to avoid, there are simple things you can do to boost your mood and motivation during this trying time of year.
Own your review
If your mid-year performance review is just around the corner, change your mind-set from one of dread to determination and use this time to your advantage.
Mid-year reviews can be a great opportunity to receive useful feedback and keep moving towards your next career goal, so focus on asking the right questions to find out how you can elevate your efficiency, leadership, and teamwork.
Rediscover what excites you
Stuck in a rut? If you’re somewhat of an old hand in your industry it can be easy to lose sight of what first drew you to your role. Re-spark your passion for your industry again with study to expand and build upon your skill set, keep you abreast of new trends and ideas, and get you excited about work again.
If you’ve been meaning to look into a postgrad degree or complete that WHS certificate, winter is the perfect time to get started. With a great range of online courses available, you can upskill and exercise your mind while enjoying a doona day at home, or cosied up in a cafe on a drizzly weekend.
Take a break
Recharge your batteries with a well-deserved mid-year vacation. Consider heading to a sunny location to escape winter for a couple of weeks, embracing the cold with a week-long ski adventure, or booking a few days off to snuggle up at home with some good books.
Don’t have enough annual leave accrued to take a proper holiday? Long weekends can make a huge difference in boosting your mood and motivation at work. Schedule in some Mondays and Fridays off throughout the winter season and you’ll be back firing on all cylinders in no time.
Revisit your goals
With financial year pressure and competing priorities, it can be easy to forget about the professional goals you’ve set yourself. As start-of-year projects wind down, take some time away from your desk to remind yourself what you’re working towards.
Now is a perfect time to reassess your New Year goals. Are you close to achieving them? Are they still relevant? Consider your long-term objectives, but also take the opportunity to think about what you’d like to achieve by the end of this year. Setting bite-sized goals can help keep momentum going, and carry you through to bigger objectives.
Take some YOU time
Do something just for you to support your physical and mental wellness and get those feel-good endorphins pumping. Invest in your health with a gym membership, some fancy new runners or workout gear, and make a commitment to kick-start your day with a workout.
Already hitting the gym hard? Take a crack at a new hobby or interest, or join a class in something you’ve always wanted to try like photography, dancing or cooking. Plan a mid-winter party with friends and family to chase away the seasonal blues. Book yourself in for a night at a fancy hotel, indulge in a pamper treatment, order room service and raid the mini bar. Whatever it is, make sure it’s fun.