Returning To Work After A Holiday Is Painful, But This 15-Minute Trick Makes It Much Easier

Returning to work after a holiday is painful, but this 15-minute trick makes it much easier

11/24/2020 5:49:00 PM

Returning to work after a holiday is painful, but this 15-minute trick makes it much easier

We’ve all experienced the anticipatory dread that occurs as we mentally end our time off and prepare for the stress of our first day back from a break. But you can fix that dread with this 15-minute exercise.

After you itemize the achievements that will make your first day back successful, you need to then plot out when and how you’re going to accomplish them. And here’s a little secret about success plans; if you start your day with a clearly articulated plan, you will often find that, with an hour or two of uninterrupted work, you can successfully complete the one or two items on your plan.

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You Need To Make Your Success Plan Before You Leave For The HolidayDeveloping a success plan before you leave for the holiday allows you to disengage from stressing about your first day back. Once you’ve got a clear plan for how you’re going to make that first day back successful, there is no point in pondering it any further. And that’s the key to disengaging from work and allowing yourself to enjoy the holiday.

For many people, leaving for a holiday break with incomplete tasks or unfinished business creates an unproductive psychic tension (also called the Zeigarnik or cliff-hanger effect). And that results in waking up the next day feeling anxious about everything that didn’t get done the day before. But when you make your success plan, you’re essentially wrapping-up your pre-holiday work which, in turn, allows you to fully disconnect and enjoy your time off.

People Who Make Success Plans Are Happier And More ProductiveDeveloping a success plan for each and every day is one of the most important time management habits you can develop. Thousands of leaders have taken the online quiz “How Do Your Time Management Skills Stack Up?

” And one of the questions asks respondents to choose between two statements:In the morning, before I check email or voicemail, I develop a plan so I know exactly what I need to achieve that day to make it a successful day.In the morning, the first things I do are check email or voicemail.

If you start every day by making a success plan for the day, you’ll have far more control over where your time is spent. But if the first thing you do is start checking emails, voicemails, etc., you’re essentially giving everyone else control over where your time will be spent. Rather than starting on the activities that are most important to your career success, you could end up responding to dozens of emails that aren’t terribly important or that add little value to you, the company or your customers.

Unfortunately, the data from the quiz shows that 66% of people do not plan their days; they begin their days by checking email and voicemail. And this gets even worse: Only 47% of people who begin their days by checking email say they often leave work feeling like"today was a really successful day." But 68% of people who begin their day by developing a plan say they often leave work feeling like"today was a really successful day."

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It's going to take you 15-minutes before you leave for your holiday to develop your success plan. But that little bit of work will be well worth it when you’re able to fully disengage from the office and actually enjoy your time off. Read more: Forbes »

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Countless Americans who are without a job would happily endure this kind of 'pain.' nice