Recently a friend asked me how to get back into momentum at work. A funny question for someone who had been working for a decade, I probed as to why she needed to get back into momentum?

She had changed jobs, went on a long holiday in between and joined the new company in a more senior capacity. She expected to hit the ground running but instead, she felt like she was all over the place, unable to be productive and reach her set objectives.

After discussing her day to day routine at work, we realised that she was doing things differently from before, trying to adopt new methods of reaching out to clients, with new technologies that frustrated her as she couldn’t get her head around them. It was compounded when her efforts did not bear fruit and she lost her motivation altogether.

That’s when we realised that sometimes we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We don’t need the best apps to create to-do lists or the best software to track our every movement. All we need to do is go back to basics.

According to Urban Dictionary (no judgment on quoting urban dictionary – millennials are hard to understand) going back to basics means –If you talk about getting back to basics, you are suggesting that people have become too concerned with complicated details or new theories and that they should concentrate on simple, important ideas or activities.

Urban dictionary has never been more correct, sometimes when things don’t work, all we need to do is go back to basics and do them like how we used to. Here are some methods which work for me;

Focusing on the task at hand. With the ability to switch so easily and the ease of communication, it’s easy to drift off from what you were initially doing. Why not just focus on one task, complete it and move on to the other!

Write a good old to-do list on pen and paper and cross them off once you’re done. Your main goal is finishing everything you set out to do on your list.

Don’t get stuck behind a screen! With the advent of technology, it’s easy for us to feel that the world is at our fingertips and we will have the answer to everything. As a recruiter, sometimes people tend to forget about the most important element – the human touch! Need some recommendations, call your network, need some jobs – call your clients, always better than emailing!

So remember, if you’re in that rut where you’ve taken your foot off the accelerator, and need to get back into the grove of things, just go back to basics, it never fails to work.