Going back to work after the festive period can be tiring and exhausting. What are the chances that you’ll wake up early this week, open one eye and think: ‘Why on earth is my alarm going off in the middle of the night? Then reality strikes, Christmas is over. No more watching the holiday movies, no more free food and no more back to back parties.

You have to work.

The thought of  “Oh I’m resuming work again” is enough to strike terror into even the most enthusiastic employee. Over the past fortnight, if you’re lucky, you’ve hibernated like a pro. You’ve been living in a bubble, full to the brim with celebrations and left-over, you’re in so deep that there’s practically a fortress of food surrounding you.
How then do you break down this self-imposed wall and return to reality? Especially when you feel like you’ve just rediscovered that Father Christmas doesn’t exist?

A little, gentle, preparation the night before can take much of the pain out of going back to work after the break.

Be organised the night before – choose your clothes for the next day, find all the necessary things you need for work, step away from the wine and snacks and go to bed early,”

Try to arrive at your desk in the morning with all the positive mental attitude you can muster. Don’t grumble about the end of the holidays, or get overly caught up in your colleagues’ stories of insane parties or hilarious new year resolutions; focus on the year and opportunities ahead, and remind yourself why you enjoy your job (and if you really can’t remember, perhaps now’s the time to look for another).”

It’s a good idea to think about something new as you head back to the office. You’ve just had a glimpse into a world where work isn’t the be all and end all. Try to capitalise on this objectivity.

What’s more, our creative juices flow more after returning to work, when our brains have been in a state of relaxation – unhampered by rules, regulations and office politics. That’s something to take advantage of, whether you throw yourself into brainstorms, present a new idea to your boss or channel it into something extra-curricular that will boost your overall productivity.

And finally, remember that everyone is in the same boat. Hey, some people went back to work earlier than you. Only Santa can get away without making a to-do list until next Christmas rolls around.

Once you’ve undertaken this, it’s easier to prepare for the week ahead.

Goodluck! Have a PRODUCTIVE NEW WEEK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!

Culled: www.telegraph.co.uk

 

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