5 Ways to Beat the Workplace Blues

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I’ve heard “honeymoon phase” apply to romantic relationship before, but never to a business. Although, if you consider yourself married to your job (which many entrepreneurs do), this concept is not so far off.

I noticed it had happened to me recently – actually, I think it had been occurring over a few months, but I attributed it to other factors: the weather, personal events, general bouts of laziness (hey, it happens!). However, something seemed to be a bit off. I continued with my client work, but had noticed that my penchant for pursuing new opportunities was lagging. Finally – I heard someone say that the honeymoon period for my business was likely over.

Launching my own business had actually been a dream come true – after years wasted commuting (I know many of you hear me), feeling stuck and unchallenged in the office setting, and bemoaning the lack of variety in my workday, I saw an opportunity to create something of my own. When I finally made the leap, I felt such a sense of accomplishment and pride. When I heard (and continue to hear) that many other professionals dream of making the same leap, I continue to feel inspired.

Yet, I had lost that inspiration in my own work.

In one of the online communities I participate in, I recently saw a post citing the half-way mark of 2016, and asking how the progress had been on achieving our goals. I make it a habit to set annual goals (personal and professional) anyways, and I took the opportunity to review them.

So, with the shocking realization that 2017 will be here in SIX MONTHS – I took stock of my efforts and set out to change my mindset.

I’m hopeful if you’ve fallen into a similar slump, this list will help you as well.

5 Ways to Beat the Workplace Blues:

  • Identify why you are feeling uninspired. If you’ve entered into workplace fatigue, think of non-work ways to unwind: take a one-day, mid-week staycation and unplug, visit a museum, schedule a long leisurely lunch.
  • Make a list. Include the reasons above of why you might be inspired. I have always been diligent about list-making, but noticed that I had just been emailing myself “to-do” notes over the last few months. No Bueno. Make a list, and check that $hit off.
  • Change locations. Work in a conference room (if you’re office-bound), schedule a tele-work day, or two, work from a library or coffee-house.
  • Play music. Never underestimate the power of Pandora (or, Spotify, as I prefer) to really get cranking. I find that instrumental stations are best (favorites on Spotify include Classic Acoustic and Focus Now).
  • Schedule creative time. I’m a firm believer that everyone has some sort of creative outlet. Whether yours is writing, reading, coloring, baking or something else – removing yourself from screen time is crucial.

Christy O’Shoney recently (and bravely) wrote about her struggles to let work commitments lay dormant, while she battled a serious illness in the “The ‘I Feel Better (Ish)’ Post: What I Learned While Sick.” Above all else, understand that most of the time, your energy will return, so be good to yourself when these slumps occur – because they will!

What are your favorite tips for getting out of a work slump?

About Elise Perkins

Elise Perkins founded ep communications in 2014 after seven years of working for trade associations and think tanks. Today she focuses on building brands for businesses and people, using a savvy mix of content and influencer strategies. She sits on the board of Washington Women in Public Relations.

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