How to Avoid a Costly Performance Drop

If you’ve ever felt diminishing enthusiasm for work you’re facing in your job, you know it doesn’t feel good. However, what you might not have considered is how a drop in motivation can cause a performance drop that hurts your job security and maybe your long-term career success. The decline can happen so gradually, in fact, that you don’t fully realize it’s occurring. You might even miss seeing the problem until it’s too late to save your job.

Signs You’re in a Performance Dropperformance drop

You could discover that you’re experiencing one or more signs of a performance drop in progress, such as:

  • A stronger tendency than usual to procrastinate about launching preparations for the next project.
  • Greater-than-normal reluctance to get out of bed and head off to work in the morning.
  • Increased irritation over situations that you used to be able to shrug off easily.
  • Difficulty freeing your thought from nonessential tasks to come up with fresh ideas about the work ahead.

How to Avoid a Costly Performance Drop

nurture enthusiasmIt might be time to nurture your enthusiasm by thinking in new ways about what you do and why you do it. There’s no cure-all for lack of motivation. However, you can take a few steps to avoid letting it impact your job performance negatively, including these:

  • Check in with those close to you (family and friends, but also valued colleagues). Ask for their feedback on how you’ve been coming across lately. They might have useful observations to offer.
  • Consult your boss–if you have a positive working relationship with him/her. For example, discuss progress on some projects you’ve been working on, take a sneak-peek at upcoming possibilities, etc.
  • Look back at your accomplishments over the past year. See what stands out to you about the activities you were involved in. What got you pumped-up the most and why? You might be able to come up with ways to re-infuse that element of enjoyment into your current work.

Count Your Blessings–On the Job and Off

When all else fails, take a long look at the progress you’ve made throughout your career. Express gratitude for the good experiences and appreciate the valuable lessons you learned from those that weren’t so great. Thanksgiving doesn’t need to come only one day a year!happy thanksgiving

Reminding yourself of those good times can help revitalize your readiness to move forward more positively and productively. What’s more, it can help you avoid a costly performance drop. That’s well worth doing.

P.S. Here’s wishing you and yours a “Happy Thanksgiving”!

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