It's hard to get back into the swing of things after a long holiday break. Here are 15 ways to start the year off fresh and focused.
Many companies are moving towards more time off during the holiday season.
While this is sure to make employees happy, it also means more challenges when it is finally time to get back to work.
Are you concerned about your ability to readjust once the calendar turns and you need to put in a full 40-hour workweek?
Once the holidays are in the past, you need to get back in the right frame of mind.
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Below are 15 ways to regain focus after the holidays:
1. Reassess Your Business Plan
As a company leader or owner, now is the time to review your business plan to determine if the company is headed in the right direction. If changes are necessary, it is time to make them before you get too far into the new year. Don't waste time doing things that aren't working!
2. Set Goals
Regardless of your position, responsibilities, or company, it is safe to assume you have goals for the new year. What do you want to accomplish over the next 12 months? Setting goals (short and long term) can help you regain your focus, as you will have something to strive for.
3. Redecorate Your Space
It doesn’t matter if you work in an office with four walls or a cube, this is your space to decorate however you please (within reason, of course). Get rid of the holiday décor so you can look towards the future.
4. Get Organized
There is no better feeling than a clean, organized office space. This may be the “boost of adrenaline” you need to get back on track.
5. Hit the Gym
This crosses over into your personal and professional lives. From a personal perspective, more time at the gym will improve your health and mental well-being. Subsequently, this carries over into your work life.
6. Eat Better
Are you the type of person who snacks on chips and chocolate all day at your desk? The new year is a time to kick this habit to the curb. You may be surprised how a healthy diet can help you regain focus.
7. Reconnect With Coworkers
The more time you take off the more of a disconnect you will feel with your coworkers and supervisors. Be sure to reconnect as soon as possible, as this ensures that everybody is on the same page.
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8. Make a List of Priorities
Taking this one step further, break these down by the day, week, and month. This goes along with being organized and setting goals.
9. Kick Technology to the Curb
Okay, that may be a bit harsh, but here is what we mean. Don’t spend all day on your smartphone. Don’t take your tablet to the lunch table. There is no denying the power of advanced technology, but it has a way of dragging you down and killing your laser-targeted focus.
10. Ask for Help
If you find yourself in a fog, if you find yourself unable to get back into the swing of things, don’t hesitate to ask a coworker for assistance. Explain your challenges and ask for advice and guidance. You may find that a few changes to your approach can help you regain your focus and feel better about the direction you are headed.
11. Remove Negativity From Your Life
Don’t get caught up in office gossip. Don’t let a personal friend hold you back from reaching your goals. Negativity has a way of killing your focus. If you let too much of this into your life, you may never get it out.
12. Take a Step Back From Social Media
That’s right. You don’t need to spend as much time on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can do this on your own time, but don’t let it overtake your life when you are on the clock. How can you do your job when the only thing you care about is posting pictures of your lunch to Instagram?
13. Give Yourself Incentive
Once you set goals, it is time to work hard to achieve each one. Rather than worry about giving up, provide incentive to stay the course. For example, if you reach a particular goal by the end of the year you will purchase yourself a new computer. This gives you something to reach for.
14. Ask Others for Feedback
If you don’t know what to expect from the new year, why not ask your boss for a few minutes of his or her time? This is your opportunity to discuss the months to come, ask questions, and get a clear idea of what is expected of you. Once you have this conversation, you should be “locked in.”
15. Move to a New Job
Are you stuck in the mud at your current company? Are you looking for a fresh start? If your focus is shot and you have no desire to stay put, it may be time to begin the job search.
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These are 15 of the best ways to regain focus after the holidays. Do you have any other tips to share?