Stepping back into the workplace after a long weekend or vacation can be hard. How do you get into the right mindset and focus? While long breaks can help you reset for work, it can also disrupt your routine and affect your productivity. Learn how to pick yourself up and ease back into your work after some time away with these three tips.
Prepare for the day ahead step by step. Give yourself a 15-20 minutes of lead time on your first day back without having to jump from 0 to 100. You can dedicate the time to look through and process your emails and everything else in your absence.
Set the right expectations for yourself so you don't burn out. Don't expect to complete everything the following day or within the week, especially if you are returning in the middle of a work week or at the end. Prioritize and give yourself reasonable deadlines to get things done. You can organize your workload into smaller goals that will make accomplishing each task easier.
It's not easy to power through your first few days back. Break up your work day by taking regular breaks in between so you can reset. This will also ensure you won't have to concentrate for extended periods of time. You can quickly reenergize by stepping outside to get natural sunlight, moving around, or meditation.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed and anxious about catching up when you’ve spent some time away from work. Ensure your return is as successful and stress free as possible. How do you handle your first day back from a long break?