5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Holidays

Congratulations – you’ve made it to the holiday season! It’s time to relax, be merry, and enjoy some quality time off. But be careful…. sometimes the holiday laziness can consume your time. You don’t want to start the new year already behind and stressed out, right?

We have 5 ways to stay on your game over holiday break…between Netflix binges, of course!

Tidy Up Your Workspace.

Holiday break is the best time to organize your life and get a head start on the new year. Tackle that stack of papers that’s been sitting on your desk or organize the files scattered across the desktop of your computer. Determine what to get rid of, what to archive in a folder, and what to organize. Physical (and digital!) clutter creates a distraction, thus making even simple tasks more difficult than they need to be. Plus, constantly digging through a pile of papers or sifting through dozens of Word Docs is nothing more than a waste of time! Simplify your life and set yourself up for success in 2016. You future self will thank you.


Utilize Your Power Posse.

The holiday season is a fantastic time to reconnect with important people in your life, notably your close peers & mentors (a.k.a. your #PowerPosse). Think about all that you have done this year: Is there a person that has made a powerful impact in your life? Now is the time to thank them!This could mean meeting up for a coffee or just sending a holiday card to update them on how things have been going. It is always easier to reach your goals if you have a power posse backing you up.

Remember: You are not alone in the struggle to stay focused and motivated over the holidays. Use the people around you to keep you inspired and focused.

Pro Tip: Listen to the #Passion2Action Podcast Episode “The Power of Mentors & Sponsors” to learn more!

Surround Yourself with Inspiration.

The best way to stay motivated is to stay inspired. The tricky part is that inspiration is a little different for everyone and depends on your interests. For instance, if music or dance inspires you, plan a night to go see a live performance. If you love being outdoors, plan a time to go on a long hike or camping trip. There are hundreds of things you could do over your holiday break to inspire you: watch TED talks online, go to the movies, listen to podcasts, read a new book. Allow time for yourself to try new things and be inspired by your surroundings.

This also means you may want to cut down on your time skimming through your Facebook wall and Instagram news feed. Don’t allow social media to take you away from enjoying the present moment. For emails, set a time limit and schedule to check and respond to emails.

Reflect on the Year.

‘Tis the season for reflecting on the previous year and deepening our sense of gratitude. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and ask yourself:

  • What went well? What didn’t go so well?
  • How did I handle the unexpected curve-balls?
  • What am I still hoping to achieve?

Chances are, you met or exceeded your goals in some ways, and fell short in others. Whatever might have happened, remember to always celebrate your wins and give thanks to your challenges. Even if certain events did not turn out how you anticipated, remember that we build our character from our life experiences. We are not defined by one single experience or one moment in time. We grow and learn from the challenges and obstacles that life throws at us. The purpose of reflection at this time of the year is not to be self-critical, but to be self-aware. Self-awareness is the essential ingredient to moving forward in life and learning from the past. Practice self-awareness and gratitude.

Pro Tip: Check out this blog post from Holstee about How We Can Deepen Our Sense Of Gratitude.

Refocus on Your Future.

Can you believe it is almost 2016? In the Spring, you can expect career fairs, mock interviews, real interviews, first impressions, new classes, new classmates, summer internship applications, graduation (maybe?). Take this time to adjust your career lense to look ahead and prepare yourself for what is coming next. Here’s our checklist:

  • Update your resume to reflect your current work experience and skills.
  • Create or update your LinkedIn profile to strengthen your personal brand online.
  • Check out the upcoming workshops and events at your school’s Career Services calendar, and plan ahead which events you want to attend
  • Shop for the perfect interview outfit so that you are ready when it’s interview season!
  • Set S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2016. That is goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound. Write down your goals somewhere where you will see them everyday.


Do you have any ways to stay motivated during Winter Break? Share them with us in the comments below!

Be sure to check out some of our #CareerNow articles in partnership with Why Millennials Matter.

The Power of Mentors & Sponsors

Building Your Brand Online

First Impressions – Make Them Count

Learning to Lead and Executive Presence


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