Communication Skills: How to manage end-of-year fatigue

By
John French

Overview :

Here are our top tips to stay motivated at the end of the long work year.

Be careful of burn out at the end of the year

Communication skills and your abilities diminish with exhaustion and stress

Chronic exhaustion … strain … crumble … collapse! We find ourselves approaching the end of another exhausting year characterised by global political and economic shifts, tough business conditions and most people working harder than ever, just to survive. The ailing South African economy has left most business people shattered and scarred, and worldwide levels of stress are at an all time high.

We are now in the final weeks of 2019. Many people are battling to stay motivated and are struggling to maintain their energy levels. The lucky ones are able to have a break over the December period, but so many people have told me that they need to keep working.

So what can you do when you feel drained and are battling to keep going?

Communication skills tips and techniques to keep positive and motivated

Here are our Communication Guru top 10 tips to help you and your team stay motivated and maintain your work energy levels right up to the close of the year:

  1. Review the goals you had set for 2019. Remind yourself of what you still need to achieve and make a short-term plan to still try and make it happen!

  2. Have a countdown till the end of the year. Tick off the days as they go by and disappear. Count downs are fun and help you to realize that you are fast approaching the end of the year. We get a sense of achievement by ticking off a list or getting closer to our goals.

  3. Start planning for 2020. Each new year is a fresh start and something to look forward to. Looking ahead gives a person hope and it helps to brighten even the darkest mood.

  4. Start an exercise regime or beef up your fitness programme to look great for summer. Exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress and feeling great will help you to feel more energised.

  5. Celebrate summer! As the First World plunges into freezing darkness, South Africa sizzles in our African heat. Enjoy our summer pleasures: go for a walk after work or do some outside activities that you enjoy. The fresh air and warm rays of sun will be a natural elixir and tonic.

  6. Start a gratitude journal. Being grateful for all you presently have will help you to radiate positivity. Being more positive will also help you to attract more abundance.

  7. Pay compliments around the office and become a beacon of light.  Your positive mindset will re-energise both you and your colleagues. We are all desperate for positivity and positive people at this time of year.

  8. Learn from your mistakes so that you do not repeat them in 2020.

  9. If you are carrying any form of negativity, decide to release it and let it go. Travel lightly out of 2019 and enter 2020 free and at peace with yourself and your world.

  10. Give yourself a pat on the back for all you have achieved and endured during 2019. You have made it to the end of this year … and that is an achievement in itself!

If you would like to improve your communication skills in 2020, or for more information on our various communication skills training programmes, e-mail the Communication Guru John French at john@johnfrench.co.za

Here is a link to Communication Guru, John French’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-french-73499939/

Communication Guru would like to wish all our clients, learners, supporters, suppliers and friends peace and goodwill over the festive season and every good wish for 2020. Stay safe; keep shining!

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