There’s nothing like the feeling of sitting down at your desk at 9am on the first day back in January. You’ve just got used to not checking emails, drinking long cocktails every night and eating left over roast dinner over the course of a week. Until suddenly, you’re back at your desk – and party season has abruptly come to an end.
It’s quite sad, it doesn’t have to be. Because this is the chance for a fresh start! All that time you spent last year planning your new work resolutions? Now is the time to actually put them into practice.
Start a Vacation Conversation
It’s no secret that people love to talk about themselves and their plans—today’s the day to get your co-workers chatting up a storm. Turn to the person next to you and ask where his or her next vacation is. If one isn’t planned, move on to your next question: “Where would you love to go?” If they have no response, move on to the next victim (er, co-worker).
Plan Something After Work
Plan a get-together (happy hour, anyone?) with your friends for right after work. Why? This will give you something non-work related to look forward to during the day. Even when you’re unhappy about being back in your cubicle, you can get pumped about the fact that something exciting will be happening in just a few hours.
Get into a Work Routine as Quickly as Possible
Staying up until the early hours, waking up at noon, and adopting a position of inertia over the holidays means that our internal clocks are probably a little off at the moment. It’s not going to be easy, but the quicker you can get yourself back to your usual routine, the better you’re going to feel.