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Blue Monday

Jan 16, 2017

Still suffering with the post Christmas blues? Is the cold weather making you gloomy and uninspired? You are not alone.

The third Monday of January has been awarded the title of “Blue Monday”. This has been calculated by looking at the dark and cold weather conditions, the post Christmas blues, and the lack of funds often caused by the arrival of unwelcome credit card bills. Although this gloomy time of year can put a damper on your working lifestyle, there are ways to raise your spirits and forget the Monday blues.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is a fantastic way to keep your mind focused, thinking about your goals and achievements for the upcoming year. Take a look at your personal time and when you may be out of the office. Thinking about future fun activities you have planned (weddings, trips away etc) provides you with an opportunity to start the day in good spirits and carry this positivity into your work.

Once you have logged any personal time in your calendar you will see a clearer picture of when you will be present in the office. Think about any major projects that you have this year and when to start them. Here are some key questions to ask yourself when planning a project:

  • How long will my project take?
  • What date should I start my project?
  • What is my target completion date?
  • How will I monitor the progress?
  • What does success look like?

Creating a project timeline is a really useful tool to incorporate when planning ahead. Think about how long each step should take and what you want to achieve at each stage:

Planning   –   Start Date   –   Step 1   –   Step 2   –   Step 3   –   Step 4   –   Overview   –   Completion Date

 

 Create an Office Buzz

The best way to spread Christmas office cheer, is singing loud for all to hear“. Christmas may now be over, but there’s no reason why we still can’t spread some joy into the office. Although we don’t expect anyone to start up an office karaoke, one of the best ways to create a positive vibe in the working environment is by simply talking to your colleagues. Ask them about their plans this year and what they are looking forward to the most. Introduce a couple of afternoon games or quizzes just to keep on top of staff morale. It’s surprising what the little things you do for your staff can do for your business.