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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