How to get back into work after the summer holidays

We’ve had the fun, excitement and over-indulgence of Christmas, New Year and Australia Day, and now it’s back to work, back to school and generally back to the day-to-day grind. At the end of January it’s a familiar refrain, one you’ll see lots of your friends on social media crying: “I can’t get motivated, it’s so hard to get back into work”. And of course the hot weather doesn’t help – who wants to be at work inside all day when you could be at the beach or a waterfront cafe, sipping frappes while breathing in the fresh sea air?

However, work calls, and we all must get motivated to get back into it. Here are my tips for starting the new year at work energised, inspired and ready to go…

How to get back into work after the summer holidays

1. Book a holiday

If you have nothing to look forward to, it makes it very hard to get through the daily grind. Whether it’s a night away in the city, a long weekend by the sea or an overseas jaunt, get Googling and plan your next break away.

2. Write down your goals

They don’t have to be 2019 goals – they can just be goals for the next month or week. Include anything that immediately springs to mind: find a new job, get a promotion, ask for training in a new area, read a new book (I have some suggestions here).

3. Get your body moving

It’s been proven that exercise can improve your mood. This challenge is a great one to start with – just one hour a day is all it takes. Simply taking a walk or meditating can boost your mood, and a weights session or gym class can get your heart racing and those endorphins flowing. Exercise also gives you something else to focus on when the challenge of getting back to work gets you down.

4. Deal with the easy wins first

When I get back from holidays, I like to clear my email inbox first thing. If I can respond and action then and there, I will, then I’ll file the email as done. Quick wins like this make you feel like you’re at least making headway with your workload. Then you can plan for the larger tasks.

5. Try something new

Whether it’s Marie Kondo-ing your wardrobe, or working on leaving the office on time each day, focusing on something new is the best way to change things up. After all, if you don’t do anything differently, how can you expect things to change? Don’t stay stagnant, learn a new skill or branch out into a new area you may have previously dismissed.

I’d love to hear how you’re getting back into the swing of things in 2019! What will you do differently this year?

Yours in digital,