How to beat the back to work blues – 5 Steps For a Successful Re-entry
Ah the back to work blues… The festive season is upon us, and with it comes a little glimpse of another life; a life where we can socialise, eat, drink, and be merry and then it’s time to return to work. This joyous feeling, satisfying as it is, tends to be short-lived. As the holiday period ends, we suddenly feel increasingly more anxious at the prospect of re-entering our work lives – a life with a little more structure and (let’s be honest) a lot less fun.
This can lead to the ever-tempting fantasy of resigning. It is hard not to entertain a quitting fantasy when you’re one day enjoying the summer sun and the next faced with the reality of spending 5 of your 7 weekly days indoors.
For some, the dread of going back to work can become all-consuming. As a result, it is not uncommon that some people take the plunge and quit a little too impulsively, later wishing they hadn’t.
Should I Stay or Should I Go
It’s important to acknowledge that these feelings aren’t always just a FOMO situation. The holidays give you a break from your day to day and can often give you the distance to see how you really feel with where you’re at.
Before making any suggestions on how to happily re-enter your work-life, we first suggest that you take some time over the holiday period to reflect on your situation; where you are, where you want to be and if your current employer aligns with these.
Pros and Cons
The simplest yet most effective way to assess this is to write a pro’s and con’s list. If you have space to grow, you like your colleagues, you’re in an industry you enjoy, and you feel valued, then it’s recommended you don’t take any hasty decisions to throw it away. If your cons are mostly about not being able to sleep in or go to the beach every day, you’ll realise pretty quickly that your hesitation to go to work really has nothing to do with your current employer.
If, on the other hand, you discover that you aren’t being fulfilled or appreciated, get in touch with the team here at Launch to discuss how we can help you kick off the new year in the position of your dreams.
5 Steps to Help You Beat the Back to Work Blues
Once your pros have calmed the impulse to quit, follow these five tips to ensure a smooth transition back to work life.
- Get enough sleep
So obvious, but so important. Surviving the change of pace is going to require energy. Make sure to get between 7 and 9 hours sleep to guarantee you wake up fresh.
- Keep your pros on hand
You’re human. Just because you know you have it good doesn’t mean you won’t falter. Keep your pro’s written down and with you at all times to review whenever you’re feeling shaky.
- Go in early
On the first day back, be sure to get in a little early so that you can sort your emails and ease into the day before you start to greet your colleagues and chat about your holidays.
- Plan your week in advance
Visualising your week really helps to give you clarity on how you’re going to make it to the end of the week. Look at what you have on and take the time to figure out how it will all be structured and stick to the plan.
- Make goals
If anything came up in your pro’s and con’s around wanting to progress or grow, make goals to work toward these. Going back with a focus on what you want to achieve in your career makes it a heck of a lot easier to face the new year.