For most of us, a holidays and/or work leave provides an opportunity to get away from our jobs and enjoy some quality time with family and loved ones. But even before they are over, a certain miserable, panicky feeling starts creeping in as soon as you realise that your leave is almost over. Getting back into routine has never been enjoyable – remember how bad it felt when you had to go back to school after the holidays?
The first days of work after a fun-filled break are the most difficult, but is there a way to prevent all the optimism and energy you felt during your leave from evaporating once you get back to work? As a matter of fact, yes. We have put together some simple tips that you can use to beat the back-to-work blues.
- Prepare well. When it is time to go back to work, you want to hit the ground running and the more prepared you are, the easier the transition will be. Catch up on work issues by going through your emails to get information on new developments and any work that might have already been assigned to you in anticipation of your return. You could also phone a colleague who can catch you up on all the latest developments at work to avoid any surprises on your first morning back.
- Take it easy. Remember that you have been away from work for a period of time, so you might be a bit rusty. Pace yourself for at least the first two days. Get up to speed with happenings, return calls and at the end of the day go home and rest. One of the reasons why people get in a funk on returning to work is because they try to take on too much too
- Keep your “out of office” on. Keep your Out-of-office message on for a bit longer to avoid bombardment by your clients and colleagues. This will allow you time to settle down and lay down some strategies before you begin the transition. When you feel more capable of taking on some more work, then you can take it off.
- Make a change. Starting a new project or hobby that is different from your regular work could be inspiring and could also indicate to your superiors that you have returned to work with a positive attitude. The new project must not be work related. Any exciting activity that you take on will give you something to look forward to which makes the present situation more enjoyable.
- Start planning for your next leave. Why would you start planning for your next holiday when you just came back from one? Well, giving yourself something to look forward to will provide the motivation you need to immerse yourself in work. The knowledge that you’ll be able to afford the holiday you have planned for after a long period of hard work will give you the strength to push on.
Don’t let the back-to-work blues get to you, try these tips and you will be back to your normal productive self within no time.