How to survive the ‘back-to-work’ blues!
Let's face it everyone hates returning to work after Christmas break. That unmotivated feeling and the inevitable wishing for your next holiday. So why not beat the 'back-to-work' blues with these simple tips!
1. Take an extra day off
Monday. The dreaded day, especially after the Christmas break. To ease yourself back into the working mindset, why not take Monday off? A four-day week seems like a more bearable prospect, wouldn’t you agree?
2. Be prepared and pre-empty your inbox
There is nothing worse than coming back from a long holiday and opening up your email inbox, only to be overwhelmed by the number of emails you have to plough your way through. The solution – scan your emails prior to heading back into the office. You’ll be pre-warned of any nasty surprises that have occurred in your absence and be more able to prioritise your day.
3. Take time to plan
It can be tempting just to dive head-first into the first thing that crops up. However, it’s best if you take your time to plan and prioritise your workload. Make a short to-do list and devise a plan of action to help make your first day back that bit more manageable.
4. Remember to take a coffee break
Coffee is always a much-needed component to help you tackle your first day back. It’s important that you step away from your desk and take a refreshing break, recharge, and come back fighting.
5. Stay hydrated and focused
Your body is made up of more than 65% water, so it is essential to drink water throughout the day to ensure adequate hydration and health. Even minimal decreases in hydration can negatively influence your ability to concentrate on your work. Drinking water keeps your mind clear and focused.
6. Plan your summer holiday
Booking your next break right after getting back from your holiday can be a great idea. Having something to look forward to makes it easier for you to get back into the working mindset.