Now that the holiday season is over, most professionals are headed back to the office, trying to readapt to their regular routine. While getting back into the swing of things sounds easy on the surface, taking a significant amount of time off work, especially if it isn’t purely for relaxation, can leave you feeling drained or ill-prepared for your return. Luckily, there are things you can do to help you refocus after the holidays. Here’s how to get started.
While quick fixes, like a jolt of caffeine, can provide you with a short-term boost of energy, nothing will help you adjust your mindset quite like taking part in physical activity. If you feel yourself starting to drag while at the office, try to incorporate some movement into your day.
Simply getting away from your desk or workstation for a moment can relieve stress associated with being stuck in your workplace, helping you feel more awake and reenergized, which restores your ability to focus. Anything from a quick walk to some exercises you can perform at your desk can do the trick, so you don’t have to dedicate any more than a few minutes at a time to the task.
Some people have trouble focusing at work because it is easy to become distracted by the sounds that emanate from other parts of the workplace. If your employer allows it, consider grabbing a pair of headphones and listening to some music, preferably without lyrics, as a means of blocking out ambient noise. This will make it easier to concentrate, helping you regain your focus.
Take Control of Your Day
Most professionals find that their energy and concentration levels fluctuate throughout the day. Some workers are at their best first thing in the morning while others shine right before the sun starts to go down.
Whatever your pattern happens to be, knowing what it is can be incredibly powerful when it comes to scheduling when you should take on certain tasks. For example, if you are most productive and focused in the morning, try to get any complicate or detail-oriented work done during that time and leave smaller, more manageable tasks for the afternoon. If you have more energy later in the day, then reverse that schedule.
The idea is to take advantage of the times when you a naturally more productive, as this will allow you to take things easier when you hit your normal lulls. However, if you tend to have more energy in the afternoon, make sure you start your tasks early enough for them to be completed before the workday ends, or you may create additional stress if you didn’t get something done.
Generally, it doesn’t take long to get back into your usual routine, but even some small efforts can allow you to refocus more quickly than if you let nature take its course.
If you are interested in learning more, finding ways to refocus or are looking for a new job, the professionals at CPS Recruitment can help. Contact us today to see how our services can work for you.