Getting Back On Track After A Holiday Break Part 2
Often when we’re away on holiday or taking a break, we come back with good intentions to work fewer hours, be more productive, take more time off, not get so stressed, exercise more … etc. While it’s all too easy to get sucked back in to the routine of work, try and maintain that relaxed feeling.
• Keep work in perspective. Know what you need to get done. Focus on what’s important and plan what you need to get done each day.
• Avoid distractions and interruptions which waste time and mean you’re working less effectively and for longer.
• Make sure you take breaks during the day – not always easy but important. Even after a short 5-10 minute break you’ll feel refreshed and you’ll be more productive.
• If you’ve had a tendency to work later and later, put a limit on your working hours. Reduce them to a more sensible level.
• Decide to finish early at least one or two evenings a week.
• Make sure you plan time for yourself, your family and friends and book it in your diary.
Start as you mean to go on.
If you decided to make changes to your working routine while you were away, list out the changes you’d like to make, plan ahead, stay focused and stay motivated.
Think about the benefit to you, your career or your personal life and set aside time to review your progress regularly to keep you on track and prevent you from slipping back into your old ways.
Start planning your next holiday now. It doesn’t have to be a long one, even the occasional long weekend can give you the regular breaks you need and keep you focused and motivated.