Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to get back into the work mindset after the holidays? You’re in vacation mode and you dread the full inbox and the 9am status meeting or client call. It takes weeks to get back into the swing of things and projects ultimately fall behind. But it doesn’t have to be like that. The best way to start strong is to not lose momentum in the first place.
I know what you’re thinking: I don’t mean continuing to work over the holiday! That would have the opposite effect—everyone needs time off to recharge, so turn off your phone and leave the work laptop at the office. But there are some things you can do to make returning to work more enjoyable. Here are five holiday tips:
1. Organize before you leave
Instead of leaving issues unsettled , take a few minutes to send emails to contractors who need instructions or clients who would appreciate a final update. Doing this lets you leave the work at work, ultimately allowing you to let go on your well-deserved break.
2. Keep (or start) reading
Have you been meaning to read the latest Seth Godin book? Maybe you wanted to catch up on the new SEO developments. Now that you have a little extra time for yourself, focus on self-improvement. Reading books related to your field will keep you in the work mindset without the stresses that come with going into the office every day. Also, think about how dedicated you’ll sound when people ask you what you did over the holidays!
3. Try your hand at writing
Perhaps you’ve been meaning to write for your company blog since it started and you haven’t gotten around to it. Writing helps people to consolidate the lessons they’ve learned and synthesize their ideas about different topics. You can use this to your advantage. Have you noticed any trends over the last year? Maybe it’s something brands keep doing but have been failing at. Could there have been a dramatic shift in the requests clients are making for web design? What is it and why is it happening?
The trick here is to not feel like you have to do it. Just sit down and get started.
It’s easy to lose motivation to work after you’ve been on holiday. The candy and eggnog sure don’t help the situation either. But if you can use these holiday tips — give yourself the time to relax and recharge (by staying off the email and phone, and not worrying about what’s to come) and the space to get excited about the work you do, you’ll find that you return recharged.
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