The end of the vacation doesn’t have to be a bad thing; this temporary frontier that involves starting a new back-to-work season can be an element of personal motivation that, if well mastered, will make it easier for us to reach our goals (and to have fun along the way).
Therefore, in the following lines we will talk about what these are key strategies and ideas we can use to achieve our goals in a positive frame of mind.
Strategies to achieve our goals in this new season
It is clear that simply ending the vacation period and returning to work will not make us more efficient or improve our personal motivation; in fact, some people experience just the opposite, because they have difficulty adapting to everyday life in the context of work.
However, if we take the right steps, we can make this change in routine work in our favor, which makes for us a new beginning in which to apply from the beginning everything that has been learned previously, and a first step in an ascent towards the objectives that we want to achieve.
In that regard, we will review these ways below to tap into the potential of this post-holiday start to the season.
1. Make sure you have everything you need the night before.
Start this season making sure you don’t run out of energy from the first moment; otherwise, not only will you feel discomfort, but it is also quite possible that you will get discouraged and give up on adopting a performance dynamic that is more efficient and healthier for you.
It’s common for us after the holidays to hang out on chaotic sleep patterns that prevent us from starting to wake up early for the demands of work, so prevent this from happening to you by preparing for your first day.
2. Make a list of your goals and organize them
First, you have to move from abstract ideas to lazy desires that you want to fulfill to more defined goals, which can clearly reflect what you want to achieve. Otherwise, you will not be able to clearly visualize what you want to achieve, and therefore you will not have the same motivation to achieve it, and on the other hand, indecision will cripple you more.
To prevent this from happening, try making a list of three to four goals you want to achieve, translating them into full sentences with subject and predicate. Make sure that at least one can be achieved in the medium term, in a few months and not in years, and that another is in the long term, on the scale of semesters. Then sort them from top to bottom, considering how hard you want to get there and how much effort it would take.
3. Visualize what you want to achieve
In this second phase, you must visualize as clearly as possible the objectives you have selected to be able to achieve them. You have to do it literally – close your eyes for about three to five minutes and visualize what it would be like to achieve it, with all the sensory details you can recreate in your mind.
This can be the motivating starting point to push you to get down to business, but you can also repeat this experience several times a week, to help strengthen your commitment to this goal.
4. Divide your goals into sub-goals
Following the goal specification line, divide each of the goals into very simple and relatively short units, so much so that in each of the days you work on that project you have several tasks that bring you closer to that end.
So these short-term goals (a few minutes or a few hours) they will give you the satisfaction of knowing that by working a little you can feel good about your progress.
Also, in order not to fall into the temptation to leave it for later, use a type of resource called an action trigger: memorize the key moments of the day that start a task, as if it were a mechanism. automatic of your body.
For that, associates the start of an activity with the combination of a given place and time. For example: “When I arrive in the living room after having breakfast in the kitchen, I will go to my office and start testing what I studied yesterday using exam models.”
5. Define your new program for this season
To keep the pace of work, combine the previous step with a weekly structure of tasks and routines.
Sure make sure your schedule allows you to spend the time you need to eat without rushing and get enough sleep. It is better to devote time to it during this part of your schedule than to waste it for the rest of the day because you cannot concentrate due to hunger (or malnutrition) and sleep.
Would you like to benefit from professional psychological assistance?
As you have seen, achieving our goals is not as easy as having “will” or not having it. The solution is to learn, among other things, ways to relate to the elements of our environment that can bring us closer or further from our goals, as well as with the people around us.
And to learn how to do things well, nothing is more effective than psychotherapy: psychologists work to train people to adopt these new habits and routines adapted to their needs, after having analyzed the characteristics of the person and the objectives that have set them apart. been proposed.
Therefore, if you have considered seeking psychological help to achieve your goals, you are welcome to contact us. A Awakening psychologists We serve people of all ages and offer the possibility of psychotherapy or coaching sessions in one of our centers between Madrid, Getafe, Leganés and Móstoles, or online by video call.
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