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Back-To-Work Blues: How To Recover After A Long Weekend

Shake off the blahs and get back to the boss moves.

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Mondays are hard. But what’s even harder is that first day back at work after a long holiday weekend (i.e. May Day.) The vision of returning to the office after vacation and the reality, usually have very little in common.

Unlike going to work after a holiday, where you likely had so much time away from work you’re itching to jump back in, a long weekend is a tease. It’s understandable that your mind is still in holiday mode, and it’s inevitable that your first day back is spent on Facebook, scrolling through pictures of your BBQ or perusing celebrity gossip blogs.

For the best advice, we asked local bosses how they do it. Here are their top tips for jump-starting a post-holiday week.

Start Early

Since you’re just putting off the inevitable anyway, give yourself a leg up with a head start. “Try and go in a few hours early on your first day and catch up prior to the actual start of the day,” says Pooja Hettiarachchi of Glover Daniels International. “That way, you’ll be able to get to work on projects that need urgent attention and start sorting through your overstuffed inbox.”

Fix Your Attitude

Yesterday you were in Mirissa, and today you’re stuck at a desk in front of a screen – we completely understand. Try not to resent it, advises Manoji Wijesinghe of HSBC. “We often think of work, and the rest of our lives as opposing forces, which makes it that much harder to get back into a ‘work’ frame of mind after a holiday.”

Keep things simple and stick to a game plan

Don’t just walk back into the office after a vacation without a plan of attack–unless you want to be steamrolled.

“Reviewing your to-do list is especially important, today. If you were unplugged during the break, it’s time to re-familiarize yourself with your to-dos. A good list will have your back, and ensure you don’t forget any priority tasks when returning from your break.” Says Nicola Hewage of Laugfs Holdings.

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