You’ve spent a week or two chilling out on the beach, discovering a new city or getting the most out of a staycation – and you haven’t thought about work once, until Sunday comes around and you get that feeling of dread in your stomach…back to work tomorrow! But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read on to discover our tips for surviving the back-to-work blues, and turn that frown upside down.

Get Planning

So it’s Sunday night and you can’t help thinking about the work that’s been piling up while you were away, and the hundreds of unread emails in your inbox. Don’t say goodbye to your holiday feeling early by worrying about what you can’t control, or even worse, by checking your work emails from home. Just because you’re going back to work doesn’t mean that the good times are over. Make plans to enjoy yourself, like setting up a lunch date or after-work drinks to keep that holiday feeling going. Dreading the morning commute? Download a new podcast or book to keep you distracted.

Get in Early

You need to ease yourself back into the rat race; don’t jump directly into the deep end. Plan to get to work early on your first day back, so that you can get a head start clearing your bulging inbox. The day before, unpack everything you need to get ready for work, lay out your work clothes and get an early night. When you’re in before the rush, you can get stuck into your to-do list without distractions. Then when your work colleagues arrive in the office, you can take a coffee break and make them jealous with your holiday tales.

Get Organised

When you come into work after time off, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and a little lost. Give yourself a break by being as organised as possible. Avoid scheduling meetings on your first day back so that you have time to catch up on your work. When you first come into the office, take a few minutes to plan your day – if there’s too much to handle straight away, prioritise your tasks and don’t be afraid to ask for help, or say ‘no’ to tasks that aren’t urgent.

See the Big Picture

Before you get stuck into the nitty gritty, find out if anything major has happened or any changes made while you were away. Reach out to a colleague or manager for a quick catch up on anything that you need to know before tackling your to-do list, like a new client, a change in workflow or an urgent matter that just can’t wait. This will help you prioritise your workload.

Take Care of Yourself

Now that you’re back from holiday, you should hit the ground running and rush through your work pile at a breakneck pace, right? Well this can backfire, especially if you’re still jet lagged from your travels. Make sure to take breaks from the screen, stretch your legs and help your brain transition from holiday bliss to work mode – and you’ll be at full productivity in no time.

Get Your Career Back on Track

Maybe you’ve followed these tips and you’re still demotivated and fed up on your first day back from holiday? Maybe the problem is the job that you’re coming back to! A change is as good as a rest – if time away from work has made you realise that you want a career change, keep the momentum going by contacting Saro Recruitment today and take the first step towards a more fulfilling position!

21 August 2018