If you’ve got back to work after your summer break and feel flatter than a pitta pocket you’re not alone. According to recent figures over 70% of us find it hard to get back into the swing of things at work after a summer holiday. Tweet: Over 70% of us find it hard to get back into work after a summer holiday. https://goo.gl/hGycU6 #AngelView @Angel_HR_UK
So much so, in fact that September is predicted to see a surge in job hunting as time away has created career clarity or as time back reminds us just why we needed that holiday so much in the first place.
So, have you got post holiday blues? How do you manage it? And, what do you do if you find it’s something more?
1. Take it Easy:
While your to do list may be longer than War & Peace biting off more than you can chew on your first days back often just exacerbates the blues.
Try easing into your first week back. Starting back later in the week, for example, means the weekend’s a stone’s throw away and you don’t double up on return to work and Monday blues all in one go.
Make small goals, so you set yourself up for achievement and avoid the feeling you’re wading through treacle.
2. Continue the Holiday Feeling:
Remember those walks in the fresh air? That coffee in the piazza? Or that great holiday read? Don’t let go of that holiday feeling just yet just because you’re back at work. Tweet: Don’t let go of that holiday feeling just yet just because you’re back at work. https://goo.gl/hGycU6 #AngelView @Angel_HR_UK
Try treating yourself to a gourmet coffee and a good read instead of sitting at your desk or in the staffroom at lunchtime.
Take walks in the local park or go look at the local scenery the way you would when you’re away – maintain that holiday energy and curiosity.
Plan some fun things to do so you have something to look forward to. Tweet: Plan some fun things to do so you have something to look forward to. https://goo.gl/hGycU6 #AngelView @Angel_HR_UK
Reliving your holiday moments with a friend or loved one and sharing lots of laughter will help enhance your mood and give you something to look forward to now you’re back in real life!
Book a night out to the theatre or cinema, or a sporting event you’d love to see.
Plan your next holiday – as writer and philosopher Elbert Hubbard once said: “No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one.” Tweet: Elbert Hubbard said: “No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one.” https://goo.gl/hGycU6 #AngelView @Angel_HR_UK
4. Declutter Your Workspace:
Living out of a suitcase can give you the feeling that the simple life could be just what the doctor ordered – especially when you consider we waste 55 minutes a day, according to The Wall Street Journal, looking for documents we know we own.
So why not take back control and ‘spring clean’ your workspace?
Ensure the items on your desk are the essential ones: phone, computer, essential supplies, the project you’re working on, maybe a photo or two. Everything else is a distraction!
Try upgrading your stationery – there’s nothing like fabulous stationery to put a spring into your back to work step! Tweet: There’s nothing like fabulous stationery to put a spring into your back to work step! https://goo.gl/hGycU6 #AngelView @Angel_HR_UK
Change your screensaver to something inspiring – maybe your next holiday destination?
5. Try Something New:
It is September after all, so why not harness that back to school vibe and take up learning something new? The world really is your oyster!
Inspired by that azure pool at the hotel or by the rocky hills on holiday? Try rock climbing or joining a swimming club and keep fit at the same time.
Fancy learning a language so you speak the lingo when you travel to your next destination? Take an evening class – try hotcourses to see what’s available in your area.
6. Make a Career Plan:
Still feeling like you’re in the wrong job? Maybe it’s time to take a step up or even to move on?
If so, just like planning your summer getaway your career needs a destination and an itinerary.
A career change doesn’t happen overnight but a plan can help keep you on course. Tweet: A career change doesn’t happen overnight but a plan can help keep you on course.
Start by setting goals and timelines – identify the resources you’ll need, monitor your progress and share your plan with others to make yourself accountable.
Then make time in your calendar to make it happen!
7. Do Your Research:
Ready to take action on your career plan? Don’t do it alone.
Talk to a recruitment agency to find out what employers are looking for right now and sign up for job alerts – so you’re first on the list to hear about new roles.
Try talking to people who currently work in the kind of roles you’re looking for – they’ll have the inside info you need to help make considered decisions and make key contacts.
Next Steps: Are you feeling the post-summer blues? What do you do to work through it? If you think it’s a change of job you need let us know!
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