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How to get out of a slump at work

Trapped in a negative space at work? Wrest back control with these tactics. By Priya Prakasan

A productivity vacuum, which can be described as lack of ideas or opportunity or a rut, is common problem across the management spectrum. We all experience it at one point or another. To get things back on track, here are some positive strategies to help you get the ball rolling once again.

1. Upgrade yourself
Take some downtime to leverage the skills you have to get the skills you want. There are many ways to level up your skills. You can attend a seminar, do an online course, read up, find a mentor, etc. There are many ways to improve yourself; just pick one and work on it with undivided attention. It’s now time to take action to pull yourself out of this slump.

2. Avoid perfectionism
The drive for perfection can sometimes turn out to be your worst enemy. When you are hell-bent on being a perfectionist, it is doing nothing but keep you stuck within the status quo, which minimises the risks that are a necessary part of growing and improving. When you are trying to be perfect you cannot push the envelope and for a successful business and for leadership to be visionary, it is necessary to be open to new ideas. Perfectionism will also pull you down as you’re continuously trying to meet unrealistic expectations surrounding your goal. If you’ve met your target, move on.

3. Constructively deal with regret
Regret can be healthy, in moderation. So instead of avoiding it, harness regret and move on as a smarter person. It might stop you from making progress at first, when you constructively assess the situation and deal with the regret you feel you will come up with an empowering resolve that will help you tread towards a positive direction. To get out of a rut, you have to embrace regret, which means you have to be honest about the cause of the poor outcomes and then formulate a strategy to do things differently the next time.

4. Set realistic personal goals
When you try to juggle too many goals and responsibilities it saps your energy. This is a mistake a lot of professionals make. When listing out your tasks, goals, vision, etc, ask yourself if you’re being too ambitious. Do you have the bandwidth, time, and resources to achieve all on the list within the given timespan? Should you reconsider some of the deadlines you’ve set? Take a good heard look. Yes, you want the goals to be challenging, but also realistic. Be clear and specific. The more vague you are the higher the likelihood of failure.

5. Change your routine
Another key to breaking out of a rut is to break out of your routine. If you spend most of your time on a swivelling desk chair, look for excuses to stand up when answering a call or simply talking to your colleague. Instead of sending an email, talk over the phone or walk over to the person’s desk to have a face-to-face chat. It’s about weeding out familiar stimuli that just doesn’t cut it anymore. Other simple changes include scheduling a work lunch with someone instead of eating at your desk, go for a walk outside the office during your breaks, or take the stairs instead of the elevator.

6. Learn something new
If you are stuck in a rut, it is time to vary your interests, and maybe take up another hobby, learn another software/language. The idea is to challenge yourself, get out of the comfort zone and give yourself something to look forward to. Enrol yourself for a workshop, instructional sessions, or short-term classes. Sometimes a little change and dedication towards learning something new is what you need to feel rejuvenated.

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