Give yourself a makeover

    It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to change: for some
    this may be a change of job, for others, a change of career or
    location. Some may feel the need for change, but circumstances
    prevent it.

    Whichever it is, why not give your work-self a makeover? A
    makeover of your workspace or a team effort to improve the office
    might be what you need to remotivate yourself.

    Think about how good it has felt in the past when you have
    cleared out your office, got up to date and tied off loose ends
    before moving on to a new job. In my own case the sense of release
    made me feel I could start again – in the same place.

    We all know what happens with a makeover, whether it is houses,
    gardens, wardrobes or people themselves: in comes the skip, out
    goes the clutter and within a short space of time and often a bit
    of budget, we have transformation.

    It’s not so far-fetched to apply this concept to the workplace.
    Look around you. How old are those posters? Are there piles of
    paper and reading material that you think will come in useful one
    day? Are there things in the bottom of that in-tray that pre-date
    the last restructure? Lose the clutter.

    Makeovers often involve a dispassionate outsider who is tough,
    bossy and full of homespun advice, but we are the public sector and
    we can’t afford to bring in the equivalent of Trinny and Susannah.
    See if a colleague will help instead.

    Now that you’ve given your physical surroundings a makeover,
    what about the clutter in your workload or head? Imagine that you
    are leaving in a month and what needs to be done. Then prioritise
    what’s important and discount everything that isn’t.

    Addie Stevenson is project manager of Supporting Front
    Line Staff at the Association of Directors of Social
    Work.

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