Keep Up Your Motivation through the Winter
Don’t be One of the Things that Slow Down
In the winter things slow down. Quite literally when we are talking about water. Figuratively when we are talking about business, motivation, leadership, and life in general. It’s estimated that as many as 25% of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mild depression that sets in; often called the mid-winter blues. It’s during this time that our motivation can drop, and our leadership can suffer.
There are ways to stay motivated! While getting outside (letting some sunlight get to you), and exercise (create those endorphins) helps, there are other methods that we can use to stay motivated.
Create a New Environment
We don’t realize how our surroundings affect how we act and feel. If your workspace isn’t comfortable and inviting, you aren’t going to want to spend time there creating an unproductive workspace. To keep motivation up, create a workspace that is warm, inviting, and makes you smile.
Tidy things up. Keep the trash and clutter away. Put a picture of family, or a special house-plant nearby. Whenever you see these items you will smile and re-invigorate yourself. As you become accustomed to the new setup, change it up again to spark that motivation.
Get up with Passion
What’s your motivation for getting out of bed in the morning? Is it to let the dog out? To use the bathroom? Because if you don’t you will be late? Rising from bed shouldn’t be a chore. It should be something you want to do, even if you’re still a bit tired.
Motivation to get up and get started can be as easy as creating a special breakfast. Find what you love to eat, and let yourself get up to eat it! Discover something that you look forward to each day, then create that as your reason to get up in the morning.
Fill Your Gas Tank
As an auto body repair shop in Billings, of course we have to throw in a car reference! If you drive around all day long, you eventually either have to refuel, or you will run out of gas. The same goes for your personal gas tank.
Sitting at your desk, even if you have created a new motivating environment, can get tedious. Give yourself a break. Work for an hour at a coffee shop. Bundle up and walk around the block a bit during lunch. Call a friend just to say hi and to offer words of encouragement.
Create a Vision Board
Sometimes the motivation and focus can be lost. It especially happens when you haven’t written or recorded your dreams and goals. That’s where a vision board comes in handy.
A vision board is a simple board that shows what you’re working toward. It can be small, the size of a sheet of paper; or huge, taking up the whole wall. Some like to put a picture of their family, others a picture of a dream vacation. Sometimes it’s a vehicle they want to buy, or a number that their bank account needs to reach (or a big fat 0 if they’re striving for no debt). Whatever motivates you, put it on the board and review regularly.
Remember grade school? You were quiet in line and you got a sticker. You did well while playing and you were given a Gotcha or an ICU Being Good? Those little rewards didn’t even have a value other than the recognition that you were doing what you were supposed to be doing.
As we got older, we stopped getting those rewards. They weren’t seen as valuable so we sloughed them off. When you get something done, finish a task, or accomplish something you have worked hard on, give yourself a reward. Go buy an ice cream. Grab a special coffee. Let yourself have that reward instead of delaying the gratification further.
Big Sky Collision Center Trains Leaders
Here at Big Sky Collision Center we have a saying. We say that we train leaders, we just happen to be good at fixing cars. Because we are investing in every employee (and everyone in the community through our blog!) your vehicles are treated better. Everyone who touches your vehicle is working toward making Big Sky the best auto body repair shop in Billings. The result is that you have a vehicle that has been fully restored to full factory safety standards.