After a couple of weeks of serenity and peace, making the transition from summer holiday to work may not be something you look forward to. But with a bit of planning, you may find that you actually are ready to get back into the thick of it; here’s five tips to ease the post holiday blues:
1. Get a good start to your day
The first few days after your summer holiday will be less stressful if you allow yourself plenty of time in the morning. You’ve probably had different sleeping habits during your holiday, so be sure to start winding down earlier than usual in the evenings; don’t try to keep burning the candle at both ends when you’re back at work. Make sure you wake up with a fresh head and are motivated to plough into the day ahead.
2. Tidy up your workspace
Unless you are really lucky, the chances are you’ll be greeted by piles of unopened mail, files, and other items on your desk. Rather than ignore these items, take a few minutes to process them and get them out of the way.
Open envelopes, throw away junk mail, file items, and get as organised as you can to make the task in hand simpler. The longer you wait, the more likely these items will be sitting at your desk or workstation later in the week.
3. Sort through your emails
You may have just returned from a glorious email-free holiday, but your inbox never gets time off. Cut down your inbox count with these tricks:
– Don’t read your emails in chronological order. Instead, sort them by subject or by the sender.
– If it’s not important to you or your business, delete it.
– If it only takes 30 seconds, do it now.
– If it takes more than 30 seconds, put it on your to-do list, or create an inbox folder specifically for tasks to follow up on when you have the time.
4. Start with the small stuff
Get started by tackling one small task straight away. First, make a list of the tasks you want to accomplish during the day. For example, following up on a project that was discussed before your holiday. Once it’s done, check it off your to-do list.
5. Plan upcoming goals and prioritise tasks
What do you want to achieve by the end of the week? Maybe you want to get 75% of your emails deleted or responded to before you leave the office today, or aim to tick off five things from your to-do list… A shrinking to-do list is always motivational.
Whatever your goals may be, make sure you write them down and keep them in sight to help you stay on track. As for prioritising tasks, after you have made your to-do list, rate each urgent item on the list with a number 1 next to it. Simple, but effective.