Morrison CQ Agencies receptionist Veronica McLean was back at work yesterday after a holiday break, for what promises to be a great year for businesses.
Morrison CQ Agencies receptionist Veronica McLean was back at work yesterday after a holiday break, for what promises to be a great year for businesses. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Back to work after long holiday

VERONICA McLean was still dreaming about being in bed and playing with her children when she rolled into work yesterday morning.

She wasn’t alone.

Thousands of Rockhampton’s workers returned to work yesterday after a 10-day holiday break.

It promises to be a bumper year for businesses.

It’s not that Veronica doesn’t love her job, but boosting your motivation after a long break can be tough.

But walking into a busy first day back as the receptionist at Morrison CQ Agencies, she had no time to relax.

The local cleaning supplier is just one of many local businesses with a positive outlook for 2010.

It has grown from its small beginnings in the 1980s to a considerable force in the supply of cleaning accessories, chemicals and machinery in the CQ area.

According to Rockhampton Regional Development Limited’s quarterly business sentiment survey, a big 93% of local businesses have indicated they expect their business activity to increase or at least remain the same in the coming 12 months.

Once Veronica started her work she was all geared up for a great new year.

Yesterday was even the start of a new daily exercise regime.

The mother-of-two said her first step of dragging herself out of bed was to set the alarm for the first time in days.

She then woke up, did 15 minutes exercise on her home cross-trainer and did a few laps of the backyard.

“I so could have stayed in bed though,” she said.

“But my advice is to just get up and do it.”

This year there is $100 billion worth of major projects in the pipeline around CQ.

RRD chief executive Gary Kerr said the outlook was pleasing.

“The results of the November survey show a continually improving economy,” he said.

“Forty-three per cent of businesses indicated they would be increasing their staffing levels, which is a significant increase from 17% in the February survey.”

BACK TO WORK BLUES BUSTERS

Create early momentum: The way that you start your day will dictate the pace of the rest of your day. So it is crucial to start with a “bang”, so to speak.

Organise your desk: Don’t let yourself be cluttered by equipment, ideas and paper.

Think about your salary: It’s no surprise that money is a great motivator. However, after some time at the same job, we tend to forget that big motivator and what it brings to us.

Focus on long term growth: Whatever your current position, there is most certainly room for advancement.

Stay positive: Talking about the negatives of your job won’t help anyone.

Personal pride & accomplishments: Go home with at least one thing you were proud of doing.

Give yourself something to look forward to: It might be the occasional weekend away, or time spent relaxing with a friend. Besides motivating yourself, this will create balance in your life.

Exercise: Physical exercise stimulates the muscular and nervous systems, helps you sleep better and leaves you more energetic during the day.



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