How did it feel? That first day back at work? The first early get up in at least two weeks for most of us. The snoozing of the alarm clock, not once, not twice but even three times. The dark, gloomy mornings that beckon us to climb back under the covers, and the longing to lounge on the sofa eating chocolate for just one more day…
Painful I bet. I’ll happily admit that I was one of those dreading the morning of the 4th January 2016; not because I didn’t want to go to work, but simply because I struggle in a morning anyway. It’s tough. But I’d been lazing around till 10, 11am most days, so 7am was not going to be easy.
Anyway, the morning came and went and we’re now five days into the 2016 working year. So far, so good! One of my resolutions was to climb the career ladder, and I’m excited to tackle 2016 and all the ups and downs it has to offer.
However, the first week back after any holiday is always a funny one; all the catching up to do, chasing, phoning around and generally creating a bit of order into your working life. But when it’s a new year, there seems to be more to do, don’t you think? A chance to reflect on last year, set targets and really put that motivation into action.
It can take a while to get back into the flow of life in the office again; but don’t you worry, you’ll soon be back into that regular routine, making brews, emptying the bins and doing a little work now and then! (Only joking!)
Here’s a few tips about what to expect once you’ve mastered the first week back… (Some a little more obvious than others).
Getting up in the morning will suddenly become a whole lot easier – our body clocks are great things and before long 7am will be the new 11am. Even at weekends!
You’ll soon be back into a good ol’ routine! Not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but for me, routine is a good thing. I like a little order, with the odd spontaneity thrown in now and again to mix it up!
The drive and ambition to do well will hit you very soon – it’s easy to become ‘slobbish’ over the festive period. Chocolate, Christmas films and cosy pyjamas are the norm, so it’ll take a little while for your ‘nerd’ to reappear, but it will. Well, for those with ambition and drive it will.
Summer! It’s just around the corner and if you’re a lover of festivals, partying in Ibiza, or 2 weeks soaking up the sun, you’ll need to work hard to pay for it. Boring, but true!
And finally, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy what you do! That’s the most important part, that way, the first week back won’t be as challenging…