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Let’s be honest, we’re not always super motivated to work from home all day long. What’s the best thing to do when you lose motivation while working from home? This article has the answer to that question!

Lack of motivation can lead to you being less concentrated and may make your job feel less enjoyable. Having a day with low motivation is of course normal, but the key is to ensure that this feeling only lasts for a short time and doesn’t persist!

Firstly, it’s useful to understand motivation. We’ve previously written an article about this. Take a look and find out what motivation is, what types there are, and how it works. Once you know all of this, it’s time to apply it to your work-from-home day!

Motivation: this is it and this is how it works!

Get your motivation back on track

Okay, motivation is temporarily gone, but it’s time to push forward. How do you do that? Well, like this! Here are some tips you can apply before, during, and after a work-from-home day.

Do this before your work-from-home day begins

Activate your happiness hormone

Write down what you want to achieve this week and then think about what you need to do each day to accomplish that. Create a daily to-do list that helps you achieve your goal(s) by the end of the week! Every time you check something off your to-do list, the happiness hormone dopamine is released in your brain.

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Tips for during work

Together you are stronger! Help each other keep the work fun by, for example, sharing a photo of everyone’s home workspace and outfit, working together via Teams, or having a virtual coffee break for more interaction and connection with your colleagues.

Finally, what do you do after work?

Reflect and adjust

At the end of your work-from-home day, take some time to look back at what you’ve done. Have you achieved your daily goals? Was the way you worked effective, or could it be improved? Based on that, you can decide whether you’ll approach tomorrow in the same way or if you’ll do something a bit different.

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Hopefully, these tips will help you feel more motivated to work on a work-from-home day. Curious about what else you can do? Keep scrolling!

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Start your work-from-home day strong

A morning routine is essential for starting your day off right. With a good breakfast and some exercise, you begin your day productively, setting the tone for the rest of the day! Therefore, develop a good morning routine.

Read here how to do it

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Boost your energy

Sitting all day isn’t very motivating, so take a break to stand up and stretch. This can give you a new dose of energy in just one minute!

Watch the video

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Add some music

Music can release dopamine in the brain, which can be very motivating. Make sure you can still concentrate while listening to music. For many people, the background music below works well!

Listen to the background music here

Hopefully, these tips and tools will help you maintain your motivation while working from home. This way, you’re building discipline and you’ll notice that you’re staying more motivated!

Nothing feels as good as waking up after a good night’s sleep. Did you know that the quality of your sleep is just as important as its duration? And that a good night’s sleep influences your motivation and development? In this article, we delve deeper into that and provide you with tips for a good night’s sleep.

What do you actually know about sleep?

We spend one-third of our lives asleep.

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The average Dutch person sleeps about 7 hours per day. This corresponds to the general advice. But sleep is not just about how long you sleep.

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More important is how well you sleep. And 63% of the Dutch population is dissatisfied with their own sleep quality. So, there's still much room for improvement.

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Why is sleep important?

The four stages of sleep

When you sleep, it happens in a routine: a sleep cycle. During a normal night, you go through about five of these sleep cycles. A sleep cycle typically lasts 90 minutes and has four stages.

Drowsy stage

The drowsy stage is when you begin to fall asleep. Your eyes begin to move slowly, and it becomes difficult to keep them open. Your brain becomes increasingly less active.

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Light sleep

Usually, it only takes a few minutes to transition from stage 1 of sleep to stage 2. Then it becomes harder to wake up. Most of the night is spent in stage 2, especially deep into the night.

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Deep sleep

When you’re in deep sleep, you breathe slowly and your heart beats less quickly. Your body prepares for a new day.

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REM sleep

During REM sleep, breathing and heart rate are irregular, your muscles relax, and your eyes move rapidly back and forth. This is also known as dream sleep.

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So, the quality and quantity of your sleep are very important. A good night’s sleep keeps you energized all day long! Sounds good, right?

Zzz… so you can have a wonderful night’s sleep

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How good is your sleep?

Curious about how well you sleep? Take the sleep check and discover what you can do to improve your sleep.

Take the sleep check here

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Dreamy Tunes

Music for bedtime relaxes and promotes sleep. Genres like classical and jazz contribute to deeper sleep and ensure a refreshing morning.

Discover which playlist suits you!

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The Power of an Evening Routine

A consistent evening routine is very important for good sleep and a balanced life. Here are some tips!

Read the article

Hopefully, these insights will help you move through the night more smoothly and enjoy a delightful night’s rest. Sweet dreams!

Take a deep dive into yourself: what are you good at, where can you improve, and what do you want to achieve? This is related to personal development. You can read all about it in this article!

What is personal development?

This is the way you work on your skills or characteristics: you learn something new or further develop a skill. With personal development, you are always learning. This makes you feel more confident and helps you achieve your goals.

What does personal development consist of?

It is very broad, so it depends on what you want to work on. Here are some examples:

Developing talents

Think about organizing: do you take initiative and enjoy organizing outings in your friend group or family? Then try doing this at work to strengthen your bond with your colleagues! Or: would you like to be able to do this? Then try it out with your friends or family first to come out of your shell in a familiar environment.

Social skills

Maybe you are a closed-off person who does not easily talk and does not like to show emotions, but sometimes it can be very nice to share your feelings with someone. Start by opening up more to friends and family, and if you feel comfortable doing so, try it with colleagues too.

Financial stability

Are you good with money? If this is a challenge for you, it may be advisable to list your expenses and see where you can cut back. Set priorities: which expenses are necessary and which ones are not? This way, you can also learn how to save better!

A personal development plan in 4 steps

A personal development plan (PDP) is the beginning of your personal development!

Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. You can do this, for example, by writing down what you like and dislike about your job, as this will help you understand whether it has to do with the job itself or something you can improve on yourself.

Example of a SMART goal!

For the next 2 months, I will take on one project as a project manager to gain more experience as a leader.

And now?

Once you have gone through all these steps, the process of personal development can begin! Use the tools below for more explanation or assistance.

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Help with step 1 of the PDP

For step 1, it can be helpful to create a personal SWOT analysis. Here, you list your own strengths, areas for improvement, opportunities, and threats. You can learn how to do this exactly by clicking the button below!

Click here for the explanation

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Discover your talent

What are you good at? Take the test to find out what your qualities are!

Take the test

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Conquer your insecurity

“On the other side of doubts about yourself stands the person you have been looking for your whole life.”
Doubts about yourself can prevent you from further developing yourself. Be inspired by the video below, which teaches you how to no longer be insecure so you can achieve what you want.

Watch the video

We wish you good luck with your personal development!

Want to give your brain a significant boost? Just like your body, your brain also needs exercise to stay healthy and sharp. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to develop your mind, and the best part is that it can be fun!

Why should you train the brain?

Mental challenges lead to new connections in your brain, making your cognitive abilities stronger. This is handy because if something goes wrong in your brain, those new connections can help compensate for it. This way, you can remain proficient in tasks for longer periods and delay problems with memory and slower thinking.

Benefits

  • Better thinking and easier memorization
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Reduction of stress

Did you know…

Puzzling keeps your brain young? Playing word, number, and jigsaw puzzles helps maintain your brain connections, literally keeping your brain younger!

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Puzzling improves your memory? It trains your short-term memory, which can enhance your performance in other areas.

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Puzzling enhances your problem-solving skills and mindset? It trains your brain to view problems from different perspectives and find creative solutions.

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Let’s start by exploring your knowledge about the brain.

Challenge Yourself with the Help of the Brain Foundation

What do you know about your brain?

Take the quiz

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Train Your Brain!

With a little effort and creativity, you can give your brain a fun and effective workout. So, put those brain cells to work and enjoy the benefits of a sharp and energetic mind!

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Can you find all the words?

Complete the vitality word search and discover the solution!

Go to the word search

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A mind-bending puzzle

Dive into the world of numbers and logic as you challenge yourself with the sudoku of the day!

Sudoku of the day

As a healthcare worker, you play an important role in the well-being of society. In the healthcare sector, you can often face various challenges. Maintaining motivation can sometimes be a bit difficult. This article provides inspiration and tips to stay motivated.

Almost everyone who works in healthcare does so from their intrinsic motivation to help people. Working from your motivations increases your engagement and motivation. It gives you energy and makes you feel like you’re making a contribution.

Of course, it may happen that you’re occasionally less motivated. In that case, we offer some inspiration!

Remind yourself of your purpose

Take regular time to reflect on the impact you have on patients’ lives. Thinking about why you do it all can give you a boost, even on challenging days.

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Celebrate successes (no matter how small)

Whether it’s a successful treatment, a positive response from a patient, or good teamwork, acknowledge and celebrate these moments. It not only strengthens team spirit but also boosts your own motivation.

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Continuously learn and grow

Keep challenging yourself by continuously learning and growing. Participate in training, attend seminars, and stay updated on the latest developments in healthcare. Developing your skills and knowledge can stimulate motivation.

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Take real action

As a healthcare worker, you are an indispensable link in the well-being of others. Your dedication really makes a difference. Keep going, you are valuable!

Recharge…

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Tick off that bucket list!

Do things in your free time that have nothing to do with your work. Learn that language, do that sport, or participate in that workshop! This will energize you, and you’ll be completely ready to get back to work afterwards.

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Time for a team outing

Team outings strengthen team spirit, which is especially important in the hectic healthcare environment where breaks sometimes get overlooked!

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Imagine: a pleasant workplace where everyone treats each other with respect. Unfortunately, this is not always the case due to bullying behavior. This article aims to raise awareness and take steps together towards a work environment free from bullying. Discover how you, along with your colleagues, can make a positive change and enjoy going to work again!

What constitutes bullying?

When we talk about bullying in the workplace, we refer to unwanted behavior aimed at hurting a colleague. This behavior can range from verbal abuse and gossip to excluding colleagues. Bullying often takes more subtle forms, such as sarcastic remarks, condescending jokes, or ignoring someone.

In 2017, over half a million employees were victims of bullying, with 80,000 experiencing it regularly.

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11% of those bullied dare not speak up due to fear of losing their job.

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Only 16% of colleagues stand up for the victim, even if they are not directly involved.

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What to do if you are being bullied?

If you are a victim of bullying, it’s important to know that you are not alone and there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

Everyone is worse off in a company culture where bullying occurs.

What can you do as a witness?

As a witness to workplace bullying, it’s important to take responsibility and act in the interest of a respectful and healthy work environment.

Take the smallest things seriously

Did you hear a joke that didn’t sit well? Or do you see someone on your team being teased? Discuss it with each other. By taking small things seriously, you can prevent them from escalating.

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Talk to those involved

If you feel comfortable, talk to those involved and let them know that their behavior is perceived as bullying. Sometimes, people are not aware of the impact of their actions.

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Report bullying

If you witness bullying against a colleague, encourage that person to report it to the designated person within the company.

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Creating a safe and supportive work environment is not only in the interest of the employees but also the organization as a whole. By increasing awareness, taking preventive measures, and promptly addressing bullying, this will contribute to a more positive and productive work culture.

Scroll for helpful tools!

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For when you don’t know where to start

Read more about addressing workplace bullying and building a foundation of respect through meaningful dialogue.

Read the guide here

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Talk about it

Engage in a conversation about bullying with these scripts.

See the scripts here