Getting your mojo back after Christmas

The truth is, it can be hard – not that we really want to admit it!  Here are ten ideas from the world of coaching:

Reflect on your big goals. Take some time to revisit your professional goals. What do you want to achieve this year? Reminding yourself of your aspirations can reignite your sense of purpose and motivate you to get back to work.     

Create a vision board.  I have a client who does this brilliantly.  He knows who he is!Visualise your goals by creating a vision board. Include images and quotes that inspire you. Carry it around with you to serve as a daily reminder of what you’re working towards.

Do the SMART thing.  This isn’t new, but we often don’t do it!  Break your long-term goals into smaller, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals. These bite-sized objectives make it easier to stay motivated as you can track your progress.

Prioritise. Don’t just dive into your email.  Step back and create a list of priorities.  We all respond differently, so it might not just be about what feels most urgent.  You could start with what interests you most.

Reconnect!  The post-Christmas blues can be lessened by reconnecting with your colleagues. Share your Christmas and New Year holiday experiences and discuss your plans for the upcoming year. A supportive work environment can boost your motivation.

Revamp your home office.  A cluttered or uninspiring workspace can sap your motivation. Declutter, add some personal touches, and consider adding plants or artwork to make your workspace more inviting.

Mix it up. Use time management techniques like the Pomodoro Technique to break your work into focused intervals followed by short breaks. This can increase productivity and motivation.

Learn something new.  Consider acquiring new skills or taking up a new project at work. Learning something new can be incredibly motivating and can add fresh interest to your job.

Stay Healthy. Don’t neglect your physical and mental well-being after all that eating, drinking and relaxation.  Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep can significantly boost your motivation and energy levels.

Pat yourself on the back.  Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small. Treat yourself to something you enjoy after completing a challenging task. These rewards can provide extra motivation.  One of my clients writes a short message about something that he’s grateful for a couple of times a week and puts it in a jar to read later when he feels like he needs a lift.


Getting motivated for work after a long Christmas holiday can be a struggle, but with the right mindset and strategies, you can reignite your passion and enthusiasm. Remember your goals, connect with your colleagues, and create a workspace that inspires you. By implementing these tips, you’ll be well on your way to a productive and motivated start to the year.

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