Well the Christmas and New Year holiday period is nearly over and for many people its time to return to work. Yes, I know what you’re saying “id rather be on holiday!” but the reality is there are bills to pay and things to get done! So, to make things a little easier here are five hacks you can do to make the return to work a little easier and kick start the new year (You can also listen to the Podcast HERE)
1. Update your away auto reply on your email:
If you are returning to work on a Monday keep your auto reply on until at least Wednesday but change the message slightly to “Thank you for your email. I have just returned to work and going through all the email and messages from while I was away. It may take me a little more time to get back to you…” What this does is give you time to clean up the email in-box ahead of the push into the first week of work – because believe you me the amount of email that can accumulate while we have been away can be horrendous – its also a time to unsubscribe from updates or newsletters you no longer need to get email from
2. Make a list of tasks and prioritize them
It can be difficult to get back into the swing of the things and there could be a lot going on. The second most important thing to do is list all your tasks that need to be achieved within the first two weeks of a return to work and prioritise them – surprisingly my advice is to knock out a lot of the easier things within the first two days leaving you time to concentrate on the bigger stuff.
3. Update your calendar and schedule for the new year
For those who use shared calendars this is a great time to get stuck in and add all of those regular or recurring meetings that are held throughout the year or you need to attend. This will give people a good idea of what else they can book you in for and stop that whole “but I had something else on …”
4. Clean your workspace
A clean workspace can set the scene for a positive return to work – but I don’t just mean your physical space I also mean your online world. Your computer desktop and your file folders should all have a new year clean – just to make sure everything is where you need it to be.
5. Don’t start the year over doing it
Our bodies have had some time off and are probably still in a little holiday mode. So, try and ease back into the office or work. One thing you can do is stick to your start and finish times, make sure you take your breaks and find the least stressful way to work!
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