To get your mojo back, or holding on to your mojo, practicing good self-care is essential. That applies both to your work and life. If you are more often feeling busy, than productive, then it is time to stop. Time to make some tweaks and changes.
Think about how you begin and end your days at work.
Start your days in proactive mode, working on important things.
End your days by wrapping things up and tying loose ends before you go home.
Take good care of yourself at work. Take regular deep breaths to lower stress. Take breaks. Go for short walks. Take the stairs. Drink more water than coffee.
Growth and development.
Read articles, white papers and books. Learn. Attend seminars, webinars, conferences. Mentor. Get mentored. Have a coach. Do whatever you need to stay on top of things.
Be around people that you can learn from. Be around people that support you in your career growth and development.
Make sure to use most of your time on important, not-urgent matters. That way you will have fewer fires to put out.
Start your days with a list of only 1–3 important issues to work on or solve that day.
Block time in your calendar to work on important matters. Block time in your calendar to prepare for meetings. Block time in your calendar to work on things decided up on at meetings. Plan and book time to stay in good touch with new and old colleagues.
Fun and celebration
Have fun and laugh with your colleagues. You can have a very serious job but please do not take yourself too seriously.
Have ambitious goals and celebrate when you achieve them. One of the best ways to get your mojo back at work.
Celebrate all your achievements, big or small. Bring cake or boosts for your coworkers. Go to a fancy dinner with a loved one.
Practicing good self-care is essential to get your mojo back and for good quality of life. Both for yourself and everybody around you. Life is not only about surviving but about thriving as well.
Here are few ideas for a good self-care to increase your quality of life.
Design your ideal morning routine. A routine to make sure your days go off right, according to your needs. Maybe you can get some great ideas from Jessica.
Design your ideal bedtime routine. A routine to make sure you close your days in the best possible way, according to your needs.
Get regular massages. Exercise. Drink water. Eat at least 80% right. Make sure to get enough sleep. Meditate. Laugh.
Get regular haircuts, manicures, pedicures. Organize your wardrobe and make sure it has clothes according to your needs. Your wardrobe should help you feel good about yourself. And help you to be happy with your appearance.
Growth and Development
Take some time for yourself. Make sure to know yourself well. What you want, what you like, what your inner voice is trying to tell you, what are your dreams etc.
Read. Keep learning. Teach. Mentor. Give back. Volunteer.
Surround yourself with people with similar personal values. People that are doing something with their lives.
Schedule at least 4 mental-health-days a year, one for each quarter. Use those days to take extra good care of yourself. Use them to do things you want to do, for fun and good self-care. One of the best ways to get your mojo back.
Plan dinner parties, lunches, concerts etc. with family and friends. For some this may sound “too organized”. But I think that is better than to keep think about doing all those things. Plan and book them.
Fun and Celebrations
Be spontaneous. Try new things, maybe once a month. Whether it is new food, new kind of movies to watch, new exercises or some new activities.
Do things you used to do when you were a kid, like go on a swing, blow soap bubbles etc.
Listen to your favorite music, sing along, consider dancing along as well. Do this privately if you think this might scare others! But please try this, I promise a lot of extra mojo-points.
Celebrate all birthdays, anniversaries, milestones — use every possible opportunity to have fun.
Please check out my book; Rekindling your spark: Strategy for better Self-Leadership. It includes various tips, tools and exercises.
Originally published at herdispala.com on February 2, 2016.
Originally published at medium.com