After a nice summer break, the holidays are over and it's time to get back into the professional routine. A little bit of blues, back-to-school stress and lack of motivation, the benefits of vacation can unfortunately disappear very quickly... It is therefore up to you to draw correctly from the energy reserve that you have built up and to find what recharges you and gives you pleasure on a daily basis. Don't wait until the next vacation to rest and take care of yourself and implement new, healthier habits and tips now in the form of a program to stay motivated and efficient all year round. To help you, here are 10 tips for returning to work peacefully after vacation.
1. Give yourself free time every day
The risk of the restart week is to neglect your personal-professional life balance. However, it is essential to take time for yourself and not miss out on moments of relaxation. So to keep your energy and good mood, block out slots in your calendar to include little pleasures and extra-work activities in your days.
2. Maintain as many good habits as possible during the holidays
Vacations are an opportunity to implement new practices that promote physical and mental well-being: sports routine, meditation, healthy and varied diet, restful sleep, etc. To stay efficient and energetic all year round, remember to maintain at least one habit in your daily life. Your body will thank you.
3. Maximize social connection at work
To be efficient, motivated and maintain a positive state of mind, team spirit plays a crucial role. So maintain it by encouraging small informal moments, a little break with your office mates. Breakfast on Monday morning, lunch on the terrace on Thursday noon, coffee breaks and afterworks are the best way to interact with each other outside of a professional context and have good times.
4. Lighten your schedule and ban overtime
To avoid experiencing the recovery under stress, know how to use your energy sparingly. To do this, lighten your schedule during the return week: do not schedule any meetings that are too important, block off time to update yourself on current projects and favor a return to work in the middle of the week to readjust to the pace of work. slowly. It's all a question of organization!
5. Reorganize your workspace
A cluttered desk is often a source of anxiety. So to make your work space pleasant again, take the time when you return to tidy it up, sort and classify your old files. You can also add a plant or even a photo to personalize it a little. Finally, consider buying new supplies to organize your days better.
6. Sort your emails methodically
Returning from vacation is often synonymous with an overflowing mailbox. Treat your emails methodically and definitely don’t review each email. Start by doing a quick overview, classifying them according to their urgency. And don't forget that the notion of urgency is entirely relative... Namely that we will not contact you again if you forget to respond to an email.
7. Prioritize your work in the first few days
There is of course no point trying to catch up on everything from day one. Your big challenge will therefore be to prioritize your priorities to treat them in order. Write down no more than three priorities and ask yourself how urgent each one is. Delegate everything that can be delegated and postpone some deadlines if you think they are no longer tenable.
8. Reevaluate your professional priorities
Back to school is the ideal time to take a step back and take stock of your work and professional situation. So take advantage of this recovery to ask yourself what you like or don't like and take an overview of your professional objectives. Having this attentive look at your desires and needs will allow you to start off on a healthier basis.
9. Prioritize healthy and restorative sleep
Recovery is often a source of stress and overwork. As a result, you struggle to fall asleep and wake up tired. To find restful sleep, avoid stimulants after 4 p.m., maintain a regular sleep schedule and limit exposure to artificial light. Also remember to change your alarm ringtone for a gentle, stress-free wake-up call.
10. Practice physical activity that allows you to breathe
To relieve the pressure of the first days, it is strongly recommended to integrate sport into your daily routine. The objective is to let off steam as much as possible in order to relieve tension and evacuate substances released by the body due to stress. Find a partner to practice your sport with, whether it's running, pilates, cycling or dancing, to motivate you.