1. Prepare yourself for the first day at work
It might be a good idea to go to bed a bit earlier on the few last nights before your first day at the office. Our ´Circadian rhythm` aka internal clock might get delayed during the holidays so this trick will make your Monday morning a lot easier. During holidays we usually tend to get rid of the routines but this might be a good time to start implementing those back into your day rhythm.
2. Try something new
Returning to your old routines might not be a totally good idea especially if you were not satisfied with your current situation before holiday. To avoid implementing back the bad habits and ending up with the same unwelcome situation try something new! Perhaps you start going to office by foot or by bike or you take some extra time in the mornings to plan your workday ahead.
3. Make a plan and stick to it!
Book a meeting with your inbox. Try blocking out some time to go through your Outlook inbox. File necessary emails, delete unnecessary and start prioritising your responses. If someone has been covering you, organise a quick catch up session to get an update on what´s been going on at work during your holiday. Schedule me-time for the first week back. Take your lunch breaks and leave office at reasonable time. Your tasks will be waiting for you the next day as well.
4. Share your greatest holiday stories with others
Don´t feel guilty that your colleagues had to cover some of your work during your holiday. You will support them when it´s their time to be on holiday, right? Instead share your greatest holiday memories with them and let them catch your relaxed and happy state of mind. Positive attitude can be spread easily. Start smiling to others and you see them start smiling too.
5. Look ahead and think what makes you grateful about your work
Think about the things you enjoy the most about work – working with great colleagues, or tasks which you find most interesting and awarding. Remind yourself about all the exciting thing coming up in the future and focus on the things you are grateful in your work and personal life at the moment.