Getting Back Into Your Routine
I know in my previous corporate world, even though I had a day or two off for the holidays, the week between Christmas and New Year was still laid back and easy going. The office was down to a skeleton crew as many folks were using out the last of their vacation time at the end of the year. Many offices we did business with were in a similar capacity - if they were open at all. Even though I was at work, it wasn't the same pace as usual. It was almost like a vacation at work.
Many of us returned to the office this week after the holidays and find ourselves sitting, staring blankly at our monitor while the minutes drag out into hours. It doesn't seem to matter whether you were away from your desk for a couple of weeks or a couple of days. There's still a sort of system shock that creeps in.
Sure, there's going to be the co-worker catch-up. If you're like the rest of us, you'll find that conversations with co-workers will be taking up a good bit of your time. You cross paths with Mary in Accounting and chit-chat for a few minutes. Then, Dave from HR stops by with some forms to fill out, and you wind up talking with him for a bit. Before you realize it, you've spent more time catching up with your co-workers than with your workload.
So, how do you get back into your regular routine with things?
You know there's going to be some catch-up on regular things like e-mails and phone calls. There's also a growing to-do list. The best way to tackle it is to approach each task one at a time. Prioritize what needs to be done right away, and then you can focus on the other tasks.
It's also helpful when you can pass off certain tasks. I know that I appreciate the assistance of resources like Hootsuite and Facebook that allow me to schedule automated social media posts. By scheduling them to post when I need them to (i.e. after I've scheduled a posted blog or podcast) it frees up my time to focus on returning phone calls, attending meetings, and catching up on e-mails.