Back to Work After a Holiday – Strategies for Success

Posted July 5, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

It’s the day after the 4th of July, and inevitably you’re experiencing the “what day is it” blues. Today will feel like Monday, tomorrow like some weird kind of Thursday, and you’re in danger of spending most of your time today gazing hungover out your office door thinking, “can we go back to the barbeque yet?”

To help you get back in the swing of things after a day of fun and games, take these tips to heart:

  • Be realistic. The day after vacation isn’t likely the best time to tackle your huge strategic planning project you need to do by August 1st. So be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do. Be realistic when setting your goals for the and for the rest of the week.
  • Urgent trumps important. There are important projects, and there are urgent projects. And not all urgent projects are important. Tackle the urgent first. They’re usually easy, quickfire types of projects you can do without much energy. Get them done, check off the list, and move on to the weekend.
  • Split the day into parts. Go ahead, take yourself to lunch and relax for an hour. A marathon of a day isn’t the best way to jump in after a vacation. So split your day into two parts, and set some goals for projects to finish in the morning and those you’ll finish in the afternoon.
  • Let yourself off the hook. No one is most productive the days after a holiday. Let yourself off the hook and it’s ok if you’re not at your best today, either.
  • Rehydrate. Drink some water, friends, chances are you didn’t eat well and perhaps drank too much. Ha!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."