You’ve decided to move on from your current role and have accepted a great offer at a new company. Congrats!
It can be easy for your performance and productivity to dip in your final days or weeks at the office. After all, you’ve already decided to move on, so why not just coast until your last day?
Your notice period is the most important time to keep morale at your job! First, you want to maintain good habits and stay productive in case you need to rely on your current employer for a reference in the future. Additionally, you don’t want to burn any bridges – you never know when you might need to rely on your current network.
So, how can you stay focused and motivated during your notice period?
Stay focused on your goals
The key to success is focus. When you have your eye on the prize, you are more likely to stay motivated and achieve your goals. This is especially true during your notice period when it is easy to become distracted by the exciting new opportunity ahead.
Be motivated by the chance to ‘leave on a high’
It’s common to feel demotivated during your notice period. After all, you’ve already decided to leave, so why should you care about doing a good job? But it’s important to remember that the way you leave a job can have a big impact on your future career. You want to leave on a high note and in good standing with your former employer.
Keep up good habits
Just because you're leaving your job, it doesn't mean you should stop caring about your work. It's important to keep up good habits during your notice period. For one, you want to leave on good terms. If you start slacking off and not doing your best work, your boss and teammates will remember that when you leave. And you never know when you might need to ask them for a favour in the future.
Also, keeping up good habits during your notice period can help you stay calm and focused during a time that can be otherwise stressful. Keeping a good work-life balance, eating healthy, and exercising can help you stay afloat during a hectic time.
No matter how amicable your departure from a company is, it's still crucial to tie up loose ends and ensure a smooth transition for your replacement. This can be hard to do when you're also dealing with the emotional rollercoaster of leaving a job.
Start by listing all the things you need to do before you leave. This includes wrapping up projects, transferring knowledge to your replacement, and saying goodbye to your colleagues. Once you have a list, you can prioritise and create a plan of action.
After that, start decluttering your workspace. This will help you to focus on the task at hand and make it easier to hand over your projects to someone else.