Post-Holiday Blues and How to Cope
Wow, itís Monday already. Hope your Thanksgiving was awesome, and that youíre seamlessly moving back into your day-to-day job tasks. If youíre like a lot of people, though, you might not be getting back into the swing of things just yet. Perhaps you feel a little sluggish and dazed, or maybe youíre confused and stressed out already. Whatever the case, there are some steps you can take to get right down to business following some extended time off. With even more holidays on the horizon, it might be beneficial to take the following into consideration in the future.
Make a List (and Check It Twice)
Itís easy to space out on tasks when youíve been out of the office for a few days, especially if you went out of town or did something especially eventful. Try to anticipate what youíll have to do when you get back, and condense it all in a list before you leave. Then, take this register and put it in a place where youíll see it first thing when you return. It will be far easier to follow a written set of instructions (particularly one youíve prepared for yourself) instead of trying to recall from memory all of your imminent responsibilities from one or two weeks beforehand.
Donít Overload Yourself on Your Arrival
A nice and easy approach to resumption of work will be beneficial to your disposition. If you can, try to limit yourself to a handful of simple, straightforward assignments for at least the first day or two at the office after your vacation. Otherwise, all of the amity and vigor you built up during your absence might be used up very quickly.
View Your Return as a Homecoming of Sorts
Most people probably donít look forward to going back to work after a little R&R. Your job might involve some drudgery, monotonous routine and seemingly trifling tasksómost jobs do, to some extent. Yet itís also familiar, something youíre intimately associated with. In this way, itís like returning to an old friend. All right, so maybe this oneís a stretch, but at least youíve got a job to go back to, right?