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Back to Work – How to Turn Dread into Delight

On15/ 09 /16
The summer holiday season is coming to an end. For many of us, it can feel a lot like that first day back at school when we were children – and Christmas seems a long way off.

But before we get too downbeat, it pays to recognise the opportunity that returning to work in the autumn can present.

We bring you some tips to help beat the post holiday blues and find the inspiration to supercharge your career.

Identify the things you enjoy about your job

First of all, think about what you’re good at and enjoy doing in the workplace, then ask your boss if you can do more of these tasks.

This might be identifying new business streams, or perhaps running a new marketing campaign. 

When you invest more of your time in the things that motivate you, your job satisfaction increases. What’s more because these are often things you are naturally good at, they can help you to gain recognition and improve your career prospects.

Make an effort to get on with co-workers

Let’s face it - friction in the workplace is not nice for anyone, so we all need to make a conscious effort to get on with our work colleagues.

A good atmosphere at work can be achieved by respecting others. This means, always being courteous and acknowledging people’s efforts.

Sometimes you may need to bite your tongue or put your behaviour in check, however in the long term it’ll help to create a working environment that’s far more positive.

Work smart

Working smart not only means prioritising, but also proactively tackling difficult tasks. Procrastination only leads to feelings of guilt, dissatisfaction and that sinking feeling when we go to work.

So try not to put off challenging or ‘meaty’ tasks and get stuck into them as soon as possible.

Studies have shown that task completion also activates our natural reward mechanisms, which can give us an instant lift. So decide to tackle that difficult task now.

Learn something new

Learning can re-energise us and allows us to re-focus our efforts, so try to dedicate some time each week to your personal development.

If you’re struggling to fit everything in, just 15 minutes focused reading can help to sharpen your knowledge. You will soon find that you can apply your new skills to your day-to-day tasks, allowing you to add further value to your role.

It’s OK to say no

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that people want you to do. This means that sometimes you will have to say no.

Learning to say no is an essential life skill – you may find it hard at first, however will practice it becomes far easier. And once you’ve mastered it, it has enormous potential to improve your working life.

Make a plan

We may associate spring with new beginnings, however autumn also represents a golden opportunity to re-focus on your career goals.

Having direction can make all the difference to your motivation, so put some time aside to make a plan with clear goals. 

You may need to adapt your plan as your career evolves, however this simple step will help you to improve your focus and gain the momentum to move forward.

When it comes to your career, the old adage ‘If you fail to plan then you plan to fail’ often rings true.

If you are looking to reinvigorate your working life, why not speak to Bucks and Berks today. Our experienced consultants can help you take the next steps in your career.
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