Remember back in the day when Winter break would end and the impending doom of returning to school became all too real? After weeks of chillin’ out max, and relaxin’ all cool the realization of being stuck inside learning algebra and chemistry all day was too much to bear. But we got through it and after a couple of days, we got back into the swing of things and all of a sudden it was like we never left.
I can only imagine that some of you had very similar experiences last week, what, with the holidays falling out like they did and a lot of us getting an unusually long break to celebrate, relax, and rejoice with our family and friends. The problem is, getting back to the daily grind isn’t as easy as we might’ve hoped it to be. Especially considering how much time we had off.
So what are we to do? How are we to get back in the swing of things and stop lamenting the fact that our prolonged, PAID, vacation is now in the rearview mirror? What are we meant to do now that the only thing ahead of us is the all-too-familiar landscape of office life?
TAKE THE PLUNGE
Nothing you do is going to make this any easier. Regardless of how much you may have prepared yourself, getting back to work after an extended period of time off is always sketchy and difficult. That’s why, just like with ripping off a Band-Aid, you have to do this quickly and, hopefully, painlessly.
Last week may have been more difficult than you would have otherwise liked, but a new one is coming. Jump in with both feet, plug in, and let’s get this show on the road. Stop procrastinating when your first get into the office. Stop finding excuses to relive the wonder that was your vacation, and stop looking for ways to avoid your work.
The best way to get back into it is to just do it (#Nike).
WORK TO LIVE
Chances are, if you’re dreading going back into the office, or if you had a hard time with it last week, you’re not currently at your “dream job”. In light of that, one of the better ways to get your butt back in to work mode would be to remember why you do what you do. You do it to live.
I don’t mean that in any existential, metaphysical way. I simply mean that you work so that you can earn a living and do the things you want to do. With that in mind, get back to work knowing that a couple times a month you will receive a paycheck that you can use as your little heart desires.
Work is a lot more palatable when you know there is a payoff waiting for you on the 15th and 30th of every month. You don’t always have to love what you’re doing but knowing that with the paycheck comes the ability to buy, I don’t know, Phish tickets, for example, makes getting back in to the swing of things all that much easier.
We’ve established how difficult it can be to get back to work, but instead of powering through those feelings and ripping off the proverbial Band Aid, what if we sat with that feeling for a few minutes and tried to understand what was causing it? Are you over-worked? Over-stressed? Burnt-out? Whatever it is that’s causing this apprehension and dread of heading back to work, identify it and understand it. It will go a long way in helping you overcome it. After all, you can’t overcome something you haven’t identified, right?
Until next time – have a good day at work, you.