Corina Manea

How to Get Back on Track After the Holiday Season

By: Corina Manea | December 30, 2015 | 

SS_Blog_Four Ways to Get Back on Track After the Holiday Season

By Corina Manea

Holidays come and go, sometimes in a blink of an eye. It feels like yesterday we were preparing for Thanksgiving and now Christmas is already passed and we’re about to enter the New Year.

Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to get back on track at work after the holiday season. We’re still lingering thinking of the holidays, remembering the great time we had, and basically wasting the present time.

Though it’s fun to remember the holidays, we must be careful not fall into melancholy.

Let’s look at some ways to get back on track at work after the holiday season has passed.

Four Ways to Get Back on Track After the Holiday Season

Have a plan in place

Before going on a vacation, we usually have a plan in place to organize our work and time at the office, so we cover as much work as possible, delegate so we can leave for the holidays work worry-free.

However, coming back from the holidays is most of the times not planned. We just start working trying to catch up on everything we missed, attending meeting after meeting, trying to answer the hundreds of emails in our inbox, and moonlighting about the great time we had during the holidays.

This makes our return to work painful, and very hard to get back on track.

Instead of being overwhelmed about the work volume, carefully plan your return to work after the holidays.

Here are a few tips:

  • Start creating a plan for your return while you’re still at work (before taking time off).
  • Get your work organized during the holidays, but also for the first few days after.
  • Prepare for work a day earlier. For instance, if you get back to work on a Monday, start preparing on Saturday (not Sunday) by catching up on emails, reviewing the plan you made before taking time off, creating a to-do list for Monday, etc.
  • Sleep! This might come as a surprise, especially as some (I won’t name names) accuse me of not sleeping. But sleep and rest is important before going back to work. So, don’t spend your Sunday cleaning up the house, doing laundry you didn’t do the whole week, or staying up late to see the latest episode of your latest Netflix binge. Go to bed early, and rest. This way you will start your week with a lot of energy and will be able to easily handle everything is thrown at you at work.

Involve your team and colleagues

Going back to work and being able to get back on track it doesn’t have to be a solo game. Organize a team meeting, and put on the agenda everything it needs to be done in the first week at work, then delegate tasks.

You don’t have to be a manager to do that, you just have to be opened with your colleagues, as they most probably go through the same struggles as you.

Each of you is very good at their craft, and by delegating the tasks you’re not so good at, you’ll increase your productivity, as well as your colleagues.

Stay on schedule

Though you may be tempted to work late in the first few days after you’re back at work, don’t. Work will never be over, and by out-working yourself you’ll only manage to get tired and stressed really fast.

Instead prioritize, separate projects and tasks in two categories: Urgent and important, and assign a timeframe for each task.

You’ll not only be more productive and efficient, but you’ll be relaxed and willing to do a great job.

Take care of yourself

To have more energy you need energy. So, exercise daily, eat healthy, sleep the hours you need to feel rested.

Taking care of yourself is the first step in feeling good, being productive, efficient and creative.

Don’t treat it lightly.

Try these tips for this holiday season and you will see how easily you get back on track at work, after.

What tips do you have to get back on track after the holidays?

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About Corina Manea

Corina Manea is the chief community officer at Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She works directly with Spin Sucks students and writes for the award-winning PR blog. She also is the founder of NutsPR. Join the Spin Sucks  community!

  • I can barely think of anything you haven’t covered! I guess I would add that it’s easy to go into the new year thinking in absolute terms (I am never going to eat refined sugar again, never going to miss a workout, never going to miss a work deadline, etc.) But that sort of sets up a recipe for failure. Find the middle ground, accept that your humanity will manifest itself sooner rather than later, and develop a realistic plan that helps you achieve your goals and is likely to succeed.

  • These are all excellent tips, Corina! Being “solo” already, I decided to enlist the help of small biz consultant Jackie Nagel and set up a meeting in the first week of January to go over my 2016 goals. First, I filled out a year-end assessment that gave me a good overview of the past year’s accomplishments and will inform my strategy for the new year. I also spent some down time making initial contacts with potential clients, although I’m not so sure the holidays are the best time to reach out.

  • biggreenpen Great add, Paula. It’s so true. We always beat ourselves up (I am champion at this) for every mistake or mishap. Accepting we are human, but keeping the winner’s mindset are key.

  • Word Ninja That’s great news, Amanda. Having a biz consultant is super important. 
    I started reading “Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business” by, recommended here on the blog by ginidietrich. I have’t finished it yet, by it does change the way you see yourself as a business owner and your business.

  • KateNolan

    You wrote this for @ginidietrich, didn’t you? Knowing she’d want to slack after coming back from her vacation… 😉

  • KateNolan

    biggreenpen “your humanity will manifest itself”. Gotta get that under control!
    But I agree, we’re human and have to recognize that and move on without too many bruises. Tomorrow is a new day, right?

  • KateNolan LOL! You got me, Kate! 😉

  • Corina Manea KateNolan They’re all about transparency there at Arment Dietrich 😉

  • Corina Manea Word Ninja ginidietrich Thanks for the book recommendation!

  • KateNolan

    biggreenpen Corina Manea We know Gini wouldn’t get anything done if we weren’t around to “motivate” her. 🙂

  • KateNolan biggreenpen Hahaha.

  • TomBuckland

    Awesome points. It’s so difficult getting started after doing almost nothing for a couple of weeks. It’s Newton’s first law of inertia in action!

  • SpinSucks

    Leslie_Minton Happy to help 😉

  • “To have more energy you need energy. So, exercise daily, eat healthy, sleep the hours you need to feel rested” – so important for building up that momentum again after the holidays. There’s no “hack” for having energy – prioritizing health is the only way. Thanks Corina!

  • Marketwired You’re welcome!