How to Get Your Work Groove Back After Summer Vacation
Are you feeling a little out of sorts since returning from summer vacation? It can be tough to get back into the swing of things after spending weeks or months away from the office. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this post, we’ll share some tips on how to get your work groove back quickly and easily. So read on and get ready to start crushing it in the office once again!
Organize your area
Having a clean, organized area to work can help you set the mood for working. Make it a priority to organize your desk or work area first BEFORE you leave for vacation. Leave yourself a welcome note that has the top 5 things you need to prioritize when you return. When a work area is messy, you will be prone to distractions, resulting in you not completing your tasks.
You can organize your area by doing the following:
- Organize the stacks of papers out of your sight
- Throw away unnecessary stuff in your desk
- Rearrange things in your desk if needed
List down your priorities
Maybe when you go back after a vacation, you will be faced with a pile of tasks. To avoid panicking and confusion about what to do first, we suggest that you grab a notepad or notebook and pen, jot down everything that you need to do, and then identify the most important tasks for the day and for the week so you will know which ones are in need of your utmost attention first.
You can also list down the phone calls you need to make after going back and seeing which people are the most valuable ones for you to talk to first.
Additionally, you can try to plot down the amount of time you estimate to work on a task to be able to manage your time more effectively.
Don’t overwhelm yourself
Just focus on a task at a time, and you will soon pick up the right rhythm for you to get going. You also need to calm down and avoid panicking to help erase being overwhelmed. We understand that going back to work from a vacation can be a drastic transition at some point, but if you allow this feeling to eat you up, you can never get things done. It is necessary to acknowledge what you are feeling and then start working on that feeling as well.
Focus on one task before starting a new one. Finish the current task you are working on so that you can move on to the next. Multitasking can kill the peak of your productivity so stop doing it.
Research also shows that multitasking can decrease efficiency at work. While we can truly achieve finishing a task, when you do this through multitasking, a poorer set of results may be gained. Easier said then done.
Avoid all possible distractions
Disconnect to cut the distractions. You can also silence your notifications on your phone so that you can focus more on finishing your tasks. Where is your happy work place? In your bedroom turn office now that you work from home? A swing at your co-working spot? The lunch area at 3 pm when it’s the quietest place in the building?
Make that the place where you flip on the Do Not Disturb switch – digitally and figuratively.
Things get done when you start doing them. Make this a positive reinforcement and the kind of thinking to keep you going. You will not finish anything if you do not start anything as well. Do not be afraid to start even if you are feeling overwhelmed because even if you do not start, your tasks will still continue to pile up no matter what.
Recognize your wins and take care of yourself
When you take care of yourself, you will boost your productivity more and finish everything more confidently. You should make your well-being your priority because how can you work your best if you don’t feel good?
Breaks are necessary for everyone, no matter how busy you are because we all have our limits. When you work too much, your body will feel so tired it will not function well anymore. This can result in you not being able to think well. Your productivity will diminish.
Don’t be afraid to say no
Your body has limits, and you should listen to it. If you have a lot of tasks for the day and there seems to be more, they would like to assign to you, talk to your team and set boundaries as well. Stop accepting task after task because this will drown you. You will never reach the end of your to-do list if you do this.
Recognize that you are not perfect
Nobody is perfect, so stop being hard on yourself. You are not a magician to be able to finish everything all at once. You can also make mistakes and that’s okay, but also take note of these mistakes to avoid making them again.
We hope that these tips can help you increase and improve your productivity at work, especially when you are coming from a long break. It may seem to be hard to start at first, but it is not impossible to do so.
Remember that breaks are necessary in order to deliver the best outputs that you can at work. Taking a vacation should provide you with the kind of rest you need so you can be more productive with your professional responsibilities after, and not the other way around. Take these tips with you and improve your work habits along the way.
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