It has definitely been a much-needed long vacation from the office. Whether you have just chilled, traveled somewhere by the beach, or spent most of it partying, in all cases, we bet the last things you want to think about now are the endless to-do lists, the emails, the reminders, and all that.
We get it, you are mentally still there somewhere sipping on cocktails, tanning, and having the time of your life, but wake up and smell the coffee. You are back to the office, sitting in front of your laptop, trying to figure out how and where to start. Because we feel your pain, here are some tips that can make the post-holiday work slump somehow better.
1. Start with the smallest task.
You’ve been slacking off for day so you might feel overwhelmed just by thinking of all the things you need to get done. Start with the small or simple tasks first to get warmed up for the work mood and pick up as you go with the tougher or more complicated tasks.
2. Block distractions for at least the first hour.
As you try to dive right back in after the holiday, you need to create a clear atmosphere for yourself. Block all distractions to help yourself get focused on what needs to get done and what are the priorities of the day.
3. Clear and prioritize your emails.
Avoid the urge to go through each and every mail and reply all at once. First, go through your inbox and filter by subject or based on priority. Some mails may not need prompt action while others need urgent action. By filtering first, you avoid getting distracted and lost, and will be more able to stay on track with what needs your attention.
4. Try not to schedule meetings for the first day.
On your first day back from a vacation, you need some time to dive deep into everything that took place and try to catch up. Try, if possible, not to schedule any meetings during the first half of the day until you give yourself some time to come up with a game plan.
5. Work on one task at a time.
Instead of multitasking, break down your tasks in batches to make things flow smoother and easier. When you put all your focus on one task alone, you will be able to finish it faster and get them done quickly to move into the next one.