How to Find Productivity After the Holidays
New year — new you. With 2018 comes new resolutions and possibilities to come. Despite the excitement for the new year, workers may find themselves dragging through the first couple weeks back at work. Daydreams of holiday meals, reminiscing on relaxing by fires and longing for more sleep may be keeping you from reaching your full potential. Reign in the new year with a surge of productivity with these tips.
Come back to work feeling fresh, productive and ready for a new year!
Plan something at the end of the week to look forward to.
It’s common to feel like time is moving in slow motion when you come back to work after the holidays. The change in your sleep and food schedule can result in decreases in focus and motivation. Give yourself the boost you need to get through the week by rewarding yourself with a massage appointment, nice dinner or trip to your favorite getaway spot.
Block off time on your calendar to catch up on emails.
One of the most overwhelming elements of returning to work is the onslaught of emails in your inbox. Take some time to go through your emails and organize them by topic, not date. Blocking the time off your calendar will make sure you’re uninterrupted and allow you to focus. Then prioritize which ones should be addressed first. This will help make the task less daunting, help you address the more urgent messages and allow you to tackle them without disruptions.
Set up an all-office catch-up meeting.
Some people take time off, some continue grinding at the office. No matter where you were during the last month, odds are your office feels a little disjointed. It’s easy to miss project updates or sudden changes when half of the office is gone. To avoid bottlenecks and miscommunication, have management set up a meeting to discuss what’s happened during the holidays and go through all the projects so everyone is on the same page.
Choose the right places to work.
If you have the ability, pick refreshing, lively settings to get back to work. Where you choose to work can significantly impact your wellbeing, productivity and efficiency. Here some things to keep in mind so you can keep your energy level up:
- Sit next to a window for some natural light for a mood-booster when you’re feeling unmotivated.
- Work in a lounge area for a residential feel and added comfort to get through the day.
- Choose rooms with lots of greenery and biophilic design to feel refreshed and revitalized.
- Catch up with co-workers in social, collaborative spaces with casual seating and open work surfaces so you build connections and office relationships.