Days of relaxation, mountains of delicious food, binge-watching Netflix series – anyone else wishing the Christmas holidays would never end? If you’re heading back to work tomorrow, chances are you might be feeling a little of the back to work dread lingering – despite having a wonderful holiday. No one is ready to talk about emails, spreadsheets or invoices yet, so we’ve rounded up some of our top tips for heading back to work, easing yourself back in and getting your 2020 off to a great start!
The longer you’ve had off work, the more difficult it can be to go back. That’s why it’s important to take the time to plan and prepare! Take today to plan out tomorrow, write a to-do list and prioritise tasks and meetings. This will give you a sense of normality too and you’ll head into work tomorrow morning knowing what you’ll be doing and when. If you’re finding it to be too much at first, then why not start your day off with some small tasks – these can boost your confidence and will encourage you to keep going and complete those bigger tasks.
If you work with other people or share an office, make sure you set aside some time to catch up with them about their Christmas holidays. It’s always lovely to hear how other people spend the festive seasons, and being able to share what you got up to will let you bring a little holiday back into work with you.
The first day back to work can often be busy, but it’s important to ensure you take the time to eat and rest – especially if you work for yourself! A study by Simply Business found that over 1 million self-employed people in the UK skip their lunch break and 1 in 10 employed people miss out too. Skipping lunch is not only bad for your health and wellbeing but for your productivity levels too. It’s essential that we take time out of our working day to refuel, reassess and, if you can, get some fresh air! We guarantee you’ll feel much better and ready to take on the rest of the day.
It can often be easier to throw yourself back into work if you know you’ve got something to look forward to – so book that holiday, plan that mini getaway or reserve those festival tickets!
Have you got any tips for the first day back at work? We’d love to hear them! Let us know in the comments.
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