It is that wonderful time of the year once again. When you can set your work worries on a back burner, sit back, and enjoy quality time with your family, friends, and loved ones. Yes, we are talking about the holiday season. Everyone looks forward to this annual, end-of-the-year period off, there are no exceptions. It is however the return to work during the first week of January that stresses everyone out. Just thinking about the mountains of e-mails, meetings, and presentations that are waiting on the other side of the season has us biting our nails in anxiety. And we know for a fact that we are not the only ones who are worried about the post-holiday season blues.
But what if we told you that there was in fact a way in which you could avoid getting overwhelmed on your first day back? What if we told you that there were three tiny things that you can do before and after you go on your holiday that will make your life so much easier? No, we aren’t joking, not about this. We really do mean it when we say that doing these three things will make your transition back to work seem like a piece of cake. And the best part is that these tricks are not restricted to the Holiday Season, you can also employ them when you go on a vacation.
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3 Tips to Ease Your Way Back to Work:
A Buffer Day
By this what we really mean to say is, give yourself a day between getting back from your holidays and getting back to work. Now more than ever, the distinction between home life and work life is more like a line in the sand. With offices around the work embracing Hybrid Mode and Work From Home Mode as a default, it becomes increasingly difficult to switch from holiday mode to work mode. This is precisely why we suggest taking a buffer day between your holiday end and your back-to-work day.
This not only helps you get settled back into your home, but it also helps your mind ease back into work mode. And besides, a day after the holiday season might just be all you need to catch up on all the routine activities that you may have neglected during the festivities, such as laundry, grocery shopping, or even the tidying up of your home. Not to mention, it helps you catch up on the much-needed sleep that we are sure you have missed during all the festivities.
Task Lists All The Way!
Now, this may seem like too much work before logging off for the holidays, but one of the ways in which you can avoid a stressful day is by making a task list of all the things you will have to do once you are back. And when we say make task lists, we mean prioritize your workload after the holiday season and list them down in order from most important to least important. This way, when you get back to work after the holidays, you won’t be overwhelmed by the mountain of tasks on your desk, you will have a plan as to where to begin from. And that is always a good thing!
Slow Your Roll
Picture this – the holiday season is over, and you are officially back online and back to work. The first thing that you do, perhaps out of habit, is open and check your e-mails and your messages. We don’t know what you are doing at the moment, but we know that imagining this scenario is giving you some major stress right about now. And that is a mistake that almost all of us have made at one point or another. So one of our most important tips for you is to slow down on your first day back from the Holidays. Avoid opening your e-mails until at least the second half of the day. Instead, what you can do is go online, connect with your colleagues, and let them and your clients know that you are back to work.
Only and only in the second half of the day should you check your e-mails. And our advice would be that you give your 100% to work from your second day in. On the first day, give maybe 50-60%, and ease back into your work. Trust us when we say this, it is going to make all the difference in the world.
As excited as we all are for the holiday season, it’s the coming back to work bit that gives us anxiety. But no matter what you do, or how demanding your job is, there are always ways to de-stress and ease your way back into your work post the holiday season.