We’ve had the fun, excitement and over-indulgence of Christmas, New Year and Australia Day, and now it’s back to work, back to school and generally back to the day-to-day grind. At the end of January it’s a familiar refrain, one you’ll see lots of your friends on social media crying: “I can’t get motivated, it’s so hard to get back into work”. And of course the hot weather doesn’t help – who wants to be at work inside all day when you could be at the beach or a waterfront cafe, sipping frappes while breathing in the fresh sea air?
However, work calls, and we all must get motivated to get back into it. Here are my tips for starting the new year at work energised, inspired and ready to go…
Hooray, it’s summer! Time for holidays, right?! Well, maybe if you can take paid annual leave with your employer, but not necessarily if you work for yourself. If you run a small business, this could be the busiest time of year with people looking for Christmas gifts or experiences, and your business may be open extended hours to cater for late-night shoppers.
But take heart – you CAN still have a holiday. You just have to plan carefully…
I work from home every day (often including the weekend, which I know is not healthy, but sometimes needs must!) and I can honestly say I love it. Working from home is not for everyone – some people need a boss to tell them what to do, or co-workers to throw ideas around with and chat to, and that’s a lot of fun. But here’s the thing for me: I get so much more work done when I don’t have colleagues sitting next to me. In previous roles the social element of work was fantastic, but it also eats into your actual productive work time. Here at home, the only distractions are housework and cooking. Not as exciting as a half an hour gossip session about someone else’s debauched weekend.
So you own a small business, or you work in a marketing role for a large organisation, and you want to manage your social media but you can’t seem to find the time, or it all sounds like too much work. Sound familiar? I hear it from a lot of clients, which is why I am working for them! However, if you really would like to do it yourself, here are my top tips for managing your time to create meaningful social media content…