The holidays have passed. You’ve (hopefully) had your annual review. Now, what? How long does it take you to get back into work mode?
To be honest, I haven’t done work while home for the holiday per se but, I have been planning and journaling to prep for my return to the office. I already know what’s coming or at least I know what is already in the strategic plan for my department.
What I will need to be when I roll in the door tomorrow?
- Caffeinated √
- Focused √
- Positive √
Catching up with colleagues will need to hold for a day or so. I need to be direct with them, let them know the many deadlines I am working to meet, and when I might come up for air.
I used to come back from holiday and the entire first day back would be lost to catching up with a co-worker, or being shown videos from a holiday trip. I know I can’t afford to procrastinate tomorrow. I’m covering for another team member and as mentioned above, our department has several major projects kicking off—all in January.
What’s my motivation to stay focused? I want to avoid that dreadful, nauseating feeling of being unprepared and of falling behind before I’ve even started. This doesn’t mean I’ll be tied to my desk all day. I will take restroom breaks. I will take my lunch break, and that will be when I truly will have time to hear travel and holiday tales.
What’s your motivation to stay focused at work this first week of 2018? I’d love your feedback.