Feeling unproductive at work? How to beat the post-holiday blues

With the holiday period little more than a distant memory, many people find this a tough time of year to stay energised and motivated at work. The good news is that there are lots of ways to remain productive and keep yourself on track. Here are our top tips for beating the post-holiday blues:

Re-energise through exercise

If the post-holiday slump has left you feeling low, exercise could be the thing that puts a spring back in your step. Research has found that exercising for just 20 minutes three times a week can boost our energy levels. Why not try going for a brisk walk over lunchtime or doing some desk-based exercises?

Give your workspace a new lease of life

If you haven’t felt very productive lately, are there any changes you could make to your working environment that could help? You might need to de-clutter your office, for example, or finally get around to redesigning your workspace. If you’re not getting enough light, check out these tips for making the most of the natural light in your office.

Kick off your year with exciting plans

Why not use these early months to make some exciting plans for the year ahead? Thinking about what you want to achieve in your business this year is a great place to start. You might also want to have a look at our additional tips on effective planning. This is also a great time to get out the diary and start thinking about the conferences and business events that you’d like to attend this year.

Try a change of scene

A change of scene and a healthy dose of human interaction could be just what you need to pull yourself out of the post-holiday slump. To change up your environment, try co-working with other freelancers in a shared workspace; check out our round-up of the many different options available. Even just working from a cafe for a few hours can provide an effective change of scene, and if you can’t get out of the office, try listening to Coffitivity’s ambient soundtrack for a bit of coffee shop background buzz.

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