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How to Get Back on Track After A Holiday

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How to Get Back on Track After A Holiday
Feeling that holiday jet lag? Here's how to move past it and actually get stuff done today—because we know you need to be productive.

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Holiday Jet Lag

Holiday Jet Lag

The first thing to get you back in the work game is to get yourself organized.

After a wonderful rest at the end of December, getting back to work in January can feel like a struggle. But the beginning of the year is the time when your job probably starts to pick up, and so your productivity needs to pick up too.

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Get Your To-Dos in Order

It is a simple task that will make you feel motivated.

  • List all your to-dos for this month and sort them by urgency.
  • Then decide how you'll spend 'today'.
  • Focus on one to three big tasks and keep the rest for later in the week.

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Getting Back To Work: Triage Your Inbox

After a holiday, you probably have a lot of emails.

  • Instead of trying to get to inbox zero on the first day, create three email labels: Need an answer today, Need an answer this week, Probably deletable.
  • Using the subject line alone, filter all the emails into these three folders, then only focus on the first folder today.

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Work After Holidays: Meetings and Breaks

  • Try to re-schedule meetings on your calendar for later in the week.
  • If the meeting is urgent, try starting the conversation over email.
  • Make sure you are taking lots of breaks throughout the day. The easier the first day is, the easier it will be to get through the rest of the week.

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