It’s always difficult to return to work after a long time apart, especially after the winter break of parties and festivity. Post the outings and socializing, getting back into a routine is difficult.
Most of us believe that getting back to work after a ‘much deserved’ break will lead to productive outcomes at the workplace, however, what usually happens is that we’re struggling to keep up with the backlog of emails and reviews and plans for the way forward.
For a relatively smoother transition from the holiday mode to work mode, here are 5 quick tips to get you back on track!
Get a good night’s rest
A rookie mistake is to stress about the amount of work to come and not cut yourself some slack. Make sure you get a good night’s rest the night before joining so you can wake up feeling refreshed before you head into work. It might take a while to get back into a routine, but be patient and consistent.
Don’t feel flustered the minute you head back into the office. With a little bit of prep and a lot of coffee, you can be back in action in no time.
Deal with the stack of piled up work
Try to refrain from taking on new tasks and projects on your first day back so that you’re not putting too much on your plate. Instead, focus on getting existing tasks out of the way first so that they don’t haunt you later.
Make a to-do list
One of the best ways to get back to work is to create a prioritized to-do list. Give this a try on your first day back, and everything will seem much more manageable. Rather than feeling overwhelmed with your workload, take one step at a time with your work.
Clean & prioritize your inbox
Suddenly seeing hundreds of emails in your inbox can be extremely overwhelming, no doubt. But with a systematic approach and some prioritizing, you can breeze through them in no time. Start with the ones that are most important to the ones that are not. Start with the emails sent right after you left for vacation and end with those most recently received. That way you’ll track responses or updates to topics or issues that may have already been settled in the time you were gone.
Look forward to your next holiday!
This may seem counterproductive but is, in fact, exactly the opposite! To deal with those post-holiday blues, there’s nothing that makes you more motivated to work than to look forward to your next holiday. Mark your calendars and get the countdown going. Even if it’s just a weekend break, looking forward to a holiday increases motivation.