This is your last Friday of freedom. For many of us, work looms ahead on Monday. After two weeks of celebrating, it can be difficult to wrap your mind around going back to work. Don’t fear. We’ve got you. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you get back into the swing of things.
It’s the night before you have to go to the office and you’re not feeling it. Here’s what you can do:
Before that first day back, buy yourself a shiny new planner. Get one that lifts your mood. It will help you get organized for the new year. In your new planner, make a list of the first things you need to address when you get to the office. If paper isn’t your style, download an app like Evernote to help you organize your life.
Decluttering your space can also help you ease into your workday. Organizing documents can refresh your memory about the things you were working on before the holidays. It also makes you look and feel extra busy without overly testing your brain.
Get A Good Night’s Rest
The last thing you want when you go back to work is to feel groggy. You will need a clear, rested mind to tackle your work backlog – and that inbox! If you go to bed early, you can wake up early enough to prevent the dreaded morning rush. Less stress will make it easier for you to ease back into your work routine.
Shake Off Your Holiday Brain Fog
Once you get back to work, you may feel like you can’t get out of holiday vacation mode. Schedule some alone time first thing in the morning to catch up. If you schedule that time like a meeting, then you can get caught up with no distractions. If possible, take small breaks to stretch or take a walk to help you ease back into office life.
Do small tasks first. Usually, experts tell people to tackle the most difficult tasks first. But, after the vacation holiday, your brain may need a little time to ramp up. Doing small tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and put you in a positive mood before you get to the tough stuff. If you have no choice about your workload, try to prepare your mind before you go to work. Use meditation, music, massage, or whatever you may find relaxing to give you happy thoughts.
If you don’t get everything done on your first day back, be careful not to be too hard on yourself. It’s likely that you aren’t the only one at work feeling that way. As your week goes by, you will eventually get back into your routine.
Being grateful for your holiday blessings gives you a better perspective about going to work. Studies have shown that gratitude boosts positivity, which ultimately spreads to your coworkers and promotes happier company culture. Be thankful. Gratitude is the best attitude.
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