Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

14.57 3 Jan 2021


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Many people will be returning to work tomorrow after an extended holiday period for Christmas.

For most, that will mean working from home under the current level five restrictions.

While it's often tough to get back into the swing of things in January, the current situation means it may be even more difficult to muster up the motivation this New Year.

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One careers expert has outlined some tips to make it easier to get into the mindset of returning to work.

Lynda Barry from Lynda Barry Career Consulting says the first thing to think about is identifying why you're not feeling motivated.

She told Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh: "Instead of having a narrative of 'I'm not motivated', or feeling like you're not motivated, take that next step identifying why."

This could be attributed to being out of routine, worry over a looming deadline or disliking your job.

"I think it's really important to tune in on what's going on here," she said.

"Firstly, we are back to reality and it really depends on how much you like that reality of your job.

"It could also be that you're facing a job search which could present stress and uncertainty.

"I think acknowledging the fact that it's also not a typical year and we're back in another lockdown, people are fatigued so anything that feels like an additional question can be a tall order.

Ms Barry said people need to also consider how much of a switch-off or break they've actually had while being away from work.

"We are working from home and some people have been mentioning where they worked from is where they had their Christmas dinner as well," she added.

She advised people returning to working from home again under the third lockdown to try and maintain the same routine which they enjoyed previously.

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Ms Barry added: "So if it's first thing in the morning going for a walk or having your breakfast...a lot of people said they've replaced their commute time for walking."

Getting back to the plan that worked for you, identifying something you want to achieve or address in the day to make the day meaningful and establishing a designated workspace will all help to ease the transition, she said.

"I would also say planning the night before is crucial because you could be in your kitchen and moving to your kitchen table and if you don't have a plan ahead for your day it can take a little while to warm up the day."

Calendar management is also really important, she said, for both collaborating with colleagues or reaching hourly work goals.

For those who may be considering making a career change, she advised people to spend time researching what move they would like and ensuring their CV is up to date.

"Really understanding the candidate you want to be but also the candidate that you need to be" will help in adapting to the career people hope to pursue, she said.

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