As I am emerging from my turkey-induced coma, I think about the ways to ease the transition back into the world of work and productivity. Here are a few things that seem to help me:
- Schedule some thinking and planning time before you start the work. Thinking about the work can serve as a bridge to actually doing it.
- Get organized. You need a routine that will keep you focused and moving forward. As part of your planning, break down the task at hand into small steps. It is easier to complete smaller parts of the project one by one than to tackle the whole project at once. If you plan your exam preparation, check out my earlier post “Strategies and tools to plan your exam preparation.”
- Make yourself commit to your plan by writing down a few goals for the day.
- Boost your mood. Before you start your work, read or listen to something that motivates you. Start your work day off right!
- Enlist a buddy to keep you on track with your plan. Your buddy can help you stay accountable for your progress and cheer you up when you need support. Positive social interactions have an added benefit of boosting your immune system.
- Have something to look forward to. Think of little rewards you can give yourself when you complete each part of the longer project.
- Accessorize. That’s right, add some flare to your surroundings. Office supplies are not just about function. Appearances matter when it comes to work motivation. Visit Office Playground for fun office ideas.
What eases your transition to work?