Three-day weekends are the best, but here's the deal: going back to work afterwards, many of us probably feel about as motivated as a deflated beach ball.
It's understandable that your mind might still be in holiday mode, but it's not inevitable that your first day back is spent scrolling through pictures of your barbecue on Facebook or perusing celebrity gossip blogs. You may have spent some of your long weekends updating your CV, in which case I hope our recent blog on 10 over-used buzzwords that drive Hiring Managers nuts helped!
For the best advice, Time Magazine asked Bosses how they overcome post long weekend blues. Here are the top tips from Company owners and Managers for jump-starting a post-holiday week:
Since you're just putting off the inevitable anyway, give yourself a leg up with a head start. Try and go in an hour early on your first day and catch up prior to the actual start of the day.
Make a plan:
Having a to-do list is never a bad idea, but on the first day back after a holiday, it's especially helpful to keep you mentally focused. Spend 10 to 15 minutes at the beginning of the day mapping out your desired accomplishments, and prioritize tasks.
Don't start with email:
Wading through all your emails first-thing is just going to bog you down. You're relaxed, you're refreshed - take advantage of that momentum by tackling something that requires action. Ploughing through a list of cold calls, setting up a conference room for an upcoming meeting or teaching a new employee how to do something are all good ideas.
Skip the holiday playback:
Getting sucked into trading stories about what you did over the long weekend will just make it harder to get back into work mode.
Indulge your creativity:
Since science has proven that nice weather makes workers more distracted, ease back into the swing of things with more creative or group projects. Collaborative work and projects that require some imagination both benefit from the more stream-of-consciousness frame of mind you might be in on your first post-holiday workday.
Fix your attitude:
We know - yesterday you were on the beach, and today you're stuck in a cubicle in front of a screen. But try not to resent it. It may take some mental gymnastics, but try to adjust your outlook.
Next time, plan ahead:
Ideally, you should start laying the groundwork for your return before you head out the door on your last day. Do your re-entry prep before you leave. Send out emails early, so you can get back to anybody who responds immediately that day - it will cut down on the number of email responses you have to tackle when you return and use your out of office messages to buy yourself a little extra time.
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