Prepping for a Holiday Week
You’ve likely had the realization at some point this week that next week is 3 day week. And while this likely sparks some excitement about getting time off, having a 4th of July BBQ, and more fun in the sun, it also might bring up some anxiety. A 3 day week notoriously means a week when you feel swamped afterward and just can’t get yourself back in the swing of things. Last 4th of July, we published the article called “Back to Work After a Holiday,” but this year we want to prepare you before the holiday begins to get organized and make the transition back even easier.
Use These Tips to Get Prepped for a Great Holiday Weekend
- Clean your desk. I know, I know, it sounds simple and stupid, but trust me on this one. If you take an hour or two today to get through every single pile on your desk, file things, put things away, and organize your space, you’ll be much less stressed when you arrive back at work after the holiday.
- Make your Monday to-do list now! Part of getting back after a holiday weekend is the energy you’re not going to have. Especially if you’ve been lighting fireworks late into the night, drinking a bit too much, and eating heavy BBQ food, you’re not going to be especially motivated come Monday morning. If you have your list ready-made, you’ll be all the more likely to jump into it right away when you get back.
- Block time. Often, the first days back after a holiday weekend are full of meetings. There’s a notion leading up to a holiday of slowing down, and then conversely a notion after the holiday of ramping up. Take time today to block a few hours on your calendar each day that first week back to ensure you’ll be getting things done and not sitting in meetings.
- Schedule at least one fun thing! You’re hopefully going to have a lot of fun on the holiday weekend, so it can feel terrible to go back to a whole lot of “no fun” at work. Take the time now to email a friend and set up a happy hour or a lunch so at least you have one truly fun thing to look forward to in your first week back at work.
Overall, if you prepare and organize now, you’ll find the transition back to work after a holiday much easier overall.