Your tan hasn't even faded but you are back to work big time. Hello
September, time to get busy.
If your post-Labor Day mojo is in need of a reboot, read our five tips
for making your reentry from the slow summer pace painless.
for a Smooth Return: Returning to your office Monday morning from vacation to
face a kajillion e-mails is never fun. Take some time Sunday evening to triage
your email inbox, deleting what's unnecessary and sorting remaining e-mails into
an "immediate action" folder and a "later in the week" folder. Likewise, clear
your Monday calendar so that meetings and conference calls fall later in the
day or even mid-week. By scheduling in an initial block of meeting-free time,
you can catch up on what you've missed before new demands overwhelm.
Schedule an Update: After a vacation, schedule
time for key work colleagues to update you on projects statuses, new deadline
and other important considerations. By selecting key people to spearhead your update,
you minimize information overload and the time-drain or hearing from too many
Build in Fun: Returning from vacation can be a bummer. Ward
off the post-vacation blues by booking a lunch date with a good friend or a
trusted colleague mid-week. Connecting with friends keeps the post-vacation
glow going just a little bit longer. Research
shows that the happiest workers are those who feel connected to their coworkers
Engage in Goal Setting: While returning to work means diving in to must-do projects,
take time to focus not just on the nuts and bolts of work but on your career big
picture. Passionate, successful employees are those that are always growing and
adding new skills or experiences. Look at September as a fresh start, and dive
into career building.
Book another Vacation: Saying good-bye to summer Fridays and a leisurely vacation pace
isn't easy. So consider scheduling your next getaway now. Knowing that you have
a fun vacation to look forward down the road takes the sting out of returning
to the 9-to-5 grind.
Finally, we leave you with one of our past posts to help ease the
transition from summer BBQs to sweater weather: Top 10 Reasons to be Excited its Fall.
Enjoy your fall!
you ease the post-vacation blues? What are your tips for making your return
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Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.