Motivated to get back to work?
Don’t all shout at once now. And no we didn’t think you were, and you may find some comfort by looking around you. Pretty much everyone you see is in the same position as you, and yes they too will be doodling on their desk pad (if you still have one of those) or will be browsing through a seemingly endless list of emails wondering where to start. There may also be those amongst you who are tempted to do a ‘F disk’ and start again. What now? You just can’t stop that mouse from nudging its way down to Facebook (yip the one down on the short-cut bar)
In anticipation of this ‘motivated to get back to work’ conundrum we have done a bit of research, to see if there is a ‘get back to work toolbox’ and since there isn’t a simple one out there, we thought we would create one.
- Being physically tired on your first day back, is only going to back things seem a lot more difficult than they really are, so it’s off to bed early for you this week.
- Routine is good except when it’s not. If routine is adding to the boredom of what you do, decide on a new skill you would like to learn this month back, focus on one that is not too long winded and will take months or even years to achieve. You need quick results here. Now chose the right time to spring this on your boss, who knows you may even give him or her something interesting to report back to his or her boss on.
- Dress for the occasion, and no you are not likely to fit into those pants after your holiday, also try something a little smarter perhaps, it will show those around you that you mean business.
- De-clutter your work space, and bin as much as you can, you need to be distraction free right now.
- Forty-five hours a week is extremely high to be productive, and workaholics really just use up time, and add little real value. Make a list of what you need to achieve and work through it. Focus is your number one objective here (yes that does unfortunately mean closing the Facebook tab for today). You will be surprised how fast this day will go by.
- Meetings are for making decisions, not exchanging ideas, don’t be shy and leave a meeting without a decision, insist on it. No better way to demonstrate to your colleagues that your time is valuable and you intend to use it productively.
- A little bit if exercise is the perfect way to end this day, and as difficult that this may seem in our crazy lives, take 15 minutes for a short walk. It may surprise you to learn how 15 minutes is enough to reflect on some of your vacant thoughts.
Maybe now is the time to be your own boss, just maybe. Don’t go and make any hasty decisions just yet though, hold off telling your boss what to do with his meeting request for now. Not to say that it is not the right choice for you, but you should think this one through carefully, and if you decide to go it alone, then we will be here to guide you one your way.