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Posted: 30th of November 2017 by Desiree - the ecommerce career mentor

#AskDesiree: How can I avoid the January Blues in the new year?

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Desiree, the ecommerce career mentor, is back and ready to confront something we are all familiar with…the January blues.

How to tackle the January Blues now!

When I saw this question, I initially thought it was slightly early to discuss the January blues. However, the more I thought about it the more relevant I thought it was to talk about now as we power on through to December.

I’ll give you a bit of context to this question: the anonymous panda works in East London, and is currently very happy in their role. So, I thought, if you really enjoy your job surely the January blues would be non-existent? Not necessarily…

What are the January blues exactly? The panda behind our question describes it as feeling a bit “meh”. I think this is a perfect summary! It’s just like the holiday blues, as you’ve had a lovely and well-deserved break that comes to an end quicker than you’d like. Christmas is a family oriented holiday, so I can see why people do feel blue following festivities with family & friends.

So how can you avoid the ‘meh’ and start the new year off with a bang? I have a few tips - work related and how to boost your morale outside of work too!

What can you do to avoid the January Blues?

Avoiding the January blues starts in December! The first thing I want you to envision is how busy the world of ecommerce is at this time of the year. You’ve reflected on Black Friday and conquered Cyber Monday, but there is still the Christmas rush to think about. I’m sure you have all plans in place to make it a successful Christmas period, but it won’t be without stress. Ecommerce professionals across the world know that, and quite enjoy it...most of the time!

All you have to do is think how amazing the break will be – hopefully full of rest, good food and laughs. Believe me you have earned it. Knowing that you’re heading into the new year recharged and ready to make the next year a big one in your career will be the foundations of your battle against the January blues. It’s exciting, not deflating! 

Plan ahead

Planning ahead for the new year is a great way to combat the January blues early. Perhaps one of the contributing factors of the January blues is the ‘where do I start?’ mentality when you get back to the office following the Christmas break.

Plan your first week, or even your first month, before you leave the office for the holidays. What needs wrapping up if you haven’t already done so? What meetings and strategy planning brainstorms are vital at the very start of the year? It doesn’t have to be the most detailed plan in the world (it is a busy time after all) but even a skeleton of the plan will do. It means you can enjoy the break without any dread creeping in about what you must get started in the new year.

Using January as a clean slate

I have to say one thing – I do NOT endorse the ‘new year, new me’ mantra. It is a right pain in the panda paw! However, I do think January can be used for reflection on what you want to improve, learn and achieve. It doesn’t have to be a ‘new you’ to make that happen.

Definitely have your career goals in mind – perhaps you see yourself progressing within your company or you want to make waves with an exciting campaign. Whatever your goals are, have them at the forefront of your mind on the first day back in the office. How can you be blue, when there is so much you can do? (Rhyme intended!)

Don’t forget your personal goals as they can impact your work life positively. I would say new year resolutions need to be realistic. Don’t join a gym if you know your schedule will never allow you to really get into it or if you won’t dedicate the time to it. Prioritise what you want to achieve, as you will be more motivated to pursue it if it means more to you. 

Is your job the reason for your January blues?

Do people have January blues solely because they have to go back to work? While our asker is happy where they are, I thought this would be worth mentioning for other readers….just in case!

As I said, who wouldn’t want a few more days full of family, friends and calories? However, we ecommerce folk have a job to do, and it won’t do itself. If you are truly feeling blue because you’re heading back to work, should you be thinking about a new ecommerce job? If a new opportunity is something you are hoping for in the new year, I suggest you start searching now.

Despite what you might have heard, recruitment agencies do not slow down as Christmas approaches. In fact, searches are beginning as I type in the hope that businesses will have their new employees ready to start in the new year! If you want to be one of those people, arrange some conversations as soon as possible.

Ask Desiree – here for your ecommerce career questions!

I am your ecommerce career mentor, so don't be shy...send your questions over to me: desiree@cranberrypanda.co.uk! From job search anxieties to hiring calamaties, I am here to help. Look forward to hearing from you, ecommerce friends!

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