Ah the joys of sleeping in, eating two lunches a day, watching festive, childhood movies in your PJs - all disappear when you realise tomorrow you start work again!
As you begrudgingly set your alarm to way too early, you feel a familiar sense of dread sweeping through your body.
No matter how much how much you love your job, the prospect of going back to work after the Christmas and New Year break can leave you feeling deflated and secretly wishing you could fake a sudden illness for just one more day of doing nothing at home.
But, go to work we must, so we’ve come up with five tips to help you get through your first week of work back from the holidays:
1. Bring the holiday spirit into work: Try to keep the festive feeling going by engaging with your colleagues about the fun things you got up to during the holiday season. Bring in some gingerbread biscuits or a fun Christmas present you can share to help lift everyone’s mood.
2. Spring clean your desk: Give yourself a fresh start by doing a quick spring clean of your desk or workspace. In the hurry to leave before the Christmas break, you’ve probably left behind quite a messy desk. Get rid of the clutter, any irrelevant post-its and put away your Christmas cards and decorations.
3. Have lunch with a colleague: Break up your day by getting out of the office during the brightest time of the day with someone you enjoy spending time with. Spending one-on-one time with your closest colleague and making sure you get plenty to eat can help ensure you’re reenergised for the second half of your day.
4. Don’t worry about productivity: Unless you have urgent deadlines on your first day back, it’s completely acceptable if you spend Monday morning clearing out your inbox, creating new To-Do lists and taking a few extra minutes to catch up with a colleague. The first day back is always slow-going, and the rest of your colleagues are probably going to be in the same boat, so don’t worry too much if you aren’t being ultra-productive.
5. Plan something for the weekend
: Give yourself something to look forward to on Friday night or over the weekend. Whether your plans include your colleagues or the friends you didn’t get a chance to see over the holiday period, planning a fun night out - or just a trip to the cinema - can help you get through the week.
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