This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

3 Ways to Stay Motivated at Work This Winter

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When the weather gets cold and dreary and it's already dark by the time you leave your office, it can be difficult to stay motivated. Although you may feel like going into hibernation between December and February, there's still work to be done and slacking can cost you. No matter how much you'd rather pull the covers over your head, winter can actually be one of the most productive times of the year -- if you follow these three simple rules:

1. Make lists and create attainable goals.

The cold weather may make you lethargic and unmotivated at work, but making a list of tasks to accomplish each day or each week can help you stay connected to your work, says Piera Palazzolo, senior vice president of marketing for Dale Carnegie Training.

"Setting small goals can also help you get things done while maintaining your productivity and momentum to keep you invested in projects at hand," Palazzolo says.

Must Read: You Can Do Well With Mutual Finds That Aim to Do Good

Starting small is key, says Morag Barrett, CEO of SkyeTeam, an international HR and leadership development firm.

"Think baby steps, not giant leaps," Barrett says. "Too often I see people create a laundry list of things to be done to achieve their goal and get overwhelmed. I have also seen people who think they should be able to 'leap buildings in a single bound' and create action steps that are simply too big for the average human to manage, and again get disillusioned."

 Barrett advises employees in the winter doldrums to identify one item that can be done immediately -- today -- that can move you closer to a goal, whatever that goal may be.

"Do it, feel the sense of satisfaction in achieving this step, and keep doing it," she says. "Over time you will pick up momentum and successfully reach your goal."

Keep in mind that your goals don't always have to be career-related to keep you motivated at work -- even having a goal of losing the extra pounds you put on over the holidays can help inspire you to wake up earlier and get more out of your day, Barrett explains.

2. Be social.

Making friends at work can improve your engagement and overall presence at the office, Palazzolo says, and planning an afterwork activity with your team is a great place to start. According to a recent Dale Carnegie study, 54% of employees are engaged when they believe their manager cares about their personal life.

"This interaction and connection at work can motivate you to be more productive," Palazzolo says.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $121.30 0.00%
FB $94.01 0.00%
GOOG $625.61 0.00%
TSLA $266.15 0.00%
YHOO $36.67 0.00%

Markets

Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,689.86 -56.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,103.84 -4.79 -0.23%
NASDAQ 5,128.2810 -0.5040 -0.01%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs