Work can become pretty boring if you’re not feeling stimulated by what you’re doing. When you’re preparing to head back to work, list a few things that you want to learn or improve your skills in. This way, when you go back to work you’ll feel stimulated and interested in everything you are doing. If it’s difficult to improve your knowledge at work, why not expand your knowledge outside of working hours?
Lists can help you get your head together and feel more organised after a bit of time off work. Start with listing things you need to do today, then list your larger tasks for the week, the month, and so-forth. Having short term daily to-do lists and longer term lists are a great way to organize yourself and work out your schedule.
Move those “I don’t want to” priority assignments to the top of your list and get them done. Maybe you need to call some clients about late payments or tell a junior admin you manage that he needs to improve. When you finish unpleasant tasks like these, a weight will be lifted and you’ll have nothing but positive work ahead of you.
This may already be one of your personal resolutions, but it’s also valuable to your productivity at work. Even little actions like drinking more water can help you feel more alert at the office.
Take your breaks:
It’s easy to write off break time when you’re busy, but it will only contribute to burnout. Make sure you’re giving yourself time to recharge. This means stepping away from your computer periodically and going outside when you can.
Match work to your natural rhythms:
Try to coordinate challenging tasks with the times you are likely to be at your best. If you’re a morning person, for example, don’t start by going through your emails. Instead, tackle that big thought piece and leave the emails for when you’re in a slump. If you have a regular meeting that’s always a bit flat, hold it at a different time of day. If your boss seems on their best form in the afternoon, approach them with your ideas then
Your top resource at work is your time, so work out who and what you need to spend yours on in order to achieve your goals. At the beginning of each week, decide on three things you want to achieve by Friday, as well as a few people you want to have spent some time with. If you hold steady to your plan, you’ll stand a much better chance of achieving at least some of it.
Step away from the smartphone:
If you’re angry or upset at work, do not make any calls or write any emails, at all, to anyone. An emotional email or call will only cause you more repair work further down the line when you have to apologise or rebuild a broken relationship. Leave the work environment, do something you enjoy for an hour, and wait until you are totally calm before acting. If you can, leave things overnight. If you have to respond there and then, keep things factual.
Learn how to play nicely:
No one wins when there’s friction in the workplace, so make an effort to get along with all your co-workers. This might mean congratulating a colleague on a job well done, or you could find something you can all share outside work – a company sports team, choir or exercise group, perhaps. Finally, laugh more. People who smile and laugh at work are more engaged in their jobs.
Focus on what you like and ramp it up:
Consider the things you love about your job, then ask your boss if you can do more of them. Try not to be nervous about asking; your boss usually wants you to succeed, especially if it will make him or her look good, too. Each day, write down three things you’re grateful for. Gratitude for the good parts of your job will give you the strength to ride out the difficult parts.
Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. If all you do is work, you’re unlikely to make sound judgements. No one makes sharp decisions when tired. Forty hours is an astonishingly apt ceiling for sustainable productivity. Stop trying to raise it, and instead start thinking about how to make each hour count for more. It’s the constraint of time that provides the creative context for clever solutions. Embrace constraints.
Embrace our culture shift, it’s 2016:
The world is a very different place from our parents’ generation. You and your partner are and will be building your world together, so make sure you really are doing it together. Constantly communicate to ensure that your partner understands how he or she can support you in achieving your blend, and if a big challenge occurs in your family, discuss how you can work collaboratively. Try as hard as you can to see things from one another’s point of view.