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Back to the Grind: A No-Nonsense Guide for a Smooth Work Comeback

by ikalmayang

While some of us are opting for a longer holiday during this festive Chinese New Year, most of us are already back to work after the long weekend. We get it – the post-holiday return to work can feel like stepping off a relaxing hammock on the beach and straight into a meeting room, and some might have a harder time getting into the groove of office life. 

Don’t fret! In this mini guide, we’ll break down some straightforward and practical tips to help you smoothly transition back to the grind after that well-deserved holiday break.

Prioritising tasks and setting realistic goals 

It can be daunting to come back to 30 emails in your inbox, all requiring “immediate action”. You probably have a to-do list longer than your vacation wish list, but it’s important to stay calm. Take a deep breath, and tackle priorities head-on. 

One of the ways to do this is to break tasks down into manageable chunks. Sort your emails out. Once you’ve got all your priorities in order, set some realistic goals. Break them down even more. What can I get done today? What can I get done in five minutes? What can be put off till tomorrow? Next week? Before you know it, you’ll be checking off items and feeling on top of the world.

Effective time management

Time to be real – time management is the unsung hero of post-holiday work comebacks. Many times, it’s easy to veer off the course even when you’ve already set your tasks in order. Fortunately, there are techniques to keep you on track. Pomodoro or time-blocking helps. 

Set a timer, dive into your work, and when the bell rings, take a break! Some people prefer to do work for 25 minutes and rest for 5, others like to fully immerse themselves for 3 hours and rest for 20 minutes. Whatever the method is, this interval training will help you focus and allocate time wisely and tick off your to-do list one task at a time.

Fostering a positive work environment

Now, let’s talk vibes – the good one. The secret is not where you work, but who you work with. A positive work environment is your cure for the post-holiday blues. Start with your mindset. Sure, you might miss the pineapple tarts, the fireworks and family gatherings, but you also have the power to create your own little happiness at your desk. Stay positive, and if that seems tough, fake it till you make it. 

It seems rather strange, but perhaps opening up to your colleagues might be a good way to ease yourself into the working environment. After all, they might be feeling the same way. Do whatever it takes to make the office life less gloomy. Those watercooler chats are good for something!

There you have it, fellow work warriors – a straightforward, no-frills guide to conquering the return to the daily grind. Prioritise your tasks, manage your time like a boss, and surround yourself with positive vibes. Remember, you’re not alone in this post-holiday work struggle, and a smooth transition is within reach. Break it down, take breaks, and keep that positive energy flowing. Before you know it, you’ll be back in the work groove, wondering why you ever doubted your comeback abilities. Now, go show that to-do list who’s boss!

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