Here are a few tips to help you smooth your re-entry into the daily grind so you can stay relaxed … and get things done.
Plan for the week ahead
Before leaping headfirst into your working week, it’s important to get a broad idea of how things were while you were gone. This way, you’ll be generally up to speed before diving deep into the day-to-day details of your work.
Don’t schedule an enormous amount of meetings and deadlines during your first day back. That’ll just leave you feeling overwhelmed and behind on your work. Ideally, try to keep your first day back free from any meetings or appointments — keep it as open as possible so that you have the entire day available to catch up and not feel overwhelmed. Take several minutes to plan your day before diving in, focus on priorities, and don’t be afraid to ask for support. If you find yourself facing an avalanche of work, try to prioritise your tasks. Handle emergencies first. Decide what’s most important to your job, your boss, and your project list. Look at the big picture, not what comes to you sequentially. And, most importantly, learn to say “no” to low priority items hurled your way.
Check in with your team and customers
Once you are back in the office and up to date with priorities, it’s a good idea to touch base with your co-workers to let them know what you’re work...