4 Tips to Be Productive After a Long Holiday Weekend

Path to ProductivityJuly 4th has come and gone and hopefully if you are an entrepreneur you had the opportunity to celebrate it with a nice relaxing four day weekend. For some of you it may have been a hard thing to do, leaving your business to fend for itself while you were trying to enjoy some time off.  For those who could pull yourselves away and enjoy the weekend the hard part came in getting prepped to get back to work. It started with Sunday evening and the hesitation building, dreading to have to get things ready for the morning. Monday morning came and the alarm rang, arm reaching over to hit snooze one last time, trying to extend the weekend just a little longer. Then the reality set in, you need to get up and get back to work. You now feel more exhausted then you were all weekend and your day hasn’t even begun. How will you tackle the rest of the week?

Taking an extended break from work doesn’t having to become an exhausting chore when it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Here are 4 tips you can use to get you refreshed and motivated to tackle any task your business may present:

Take It Slow

Don’t feel like you have to get everything done right away. If you approach your work with that mentality chances are you will get nothing done. Instead pick a task that needs to be done but doesn’t feel so stressful to do such as organizing your desk. By doing this you will have a fresh perspective on what needs to be done for the day/week.

Zero Out Your Inbox

The maxed out inbox can be tackled by prioritizing its contents. As you review your inbox respond to those emails that Check It Offjust need a quick simple response immediately. Those emails that need to be reviewed or need a detailed response should be placed in a folder marked Important.  Any email that is spam should just be deleted. The email you have placed in the important folder can then be worked later when you’ve had a chance to readjust to being back at work..

Check Your Calendar

Chances are when you get back to work you may not remember what appointments you may have scheduled for that day as well as the rest of the week. Take a glance at your calendar so you can prioritize your day, allowing time to complete a task you started without having to rush through it to get it done prior to that next appointment.

Plan Out The Rest of Your Week

Here’s your opportunity to set manageable goals and tasks for the rest of the week. This way you will not be taking too much on at one time. It will also allow you to pace yourself so you don’t feel overwhelmed trying to complete your work.

Taking an extended break away from work doesn’t need to be something you dread. If you take the time to break things down into easy to do tasks, getting back into the swing of work will become an easy thing for you to do.

Get in on the conversation. What do you do to make your workday more manageable after an extended time away? Let us know in the comment field below.

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Barbara Goldberg

Business Operations Strategist at Back On Track Solutions
With over 15 years of corporate experience within Fortune 500 companies, Barbara Goldberg now brings world-class customer service to the small business community. An avid sports fan, Barbara likens her passion, focus and strategy to a crew chief guiding a race car driver to the finish line. Barbara will analyze, evaluate, distill and then solve the problems challenging business owners, allowing them to get back on track to servicing customers.

With over 15 years of corporate experience within Fortune 500 companies, Barbara Goldberg now brings world-class customer service to the small business community. An avid sports fan, Barbara likens her passion, focus and strategy to a crew chief guiding a race car driver to the finish line. Barbara will analyze, evaluate, distill and then solve the problems challenging business owners, allowing them to get back on track to servicing customers.

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  • Helen Mackenzie

    Great tips Barbara.  I can certainly use them when we get our long weekend here in Scotland at the beginning of August.  What I try to do before I go off on holiday is to clear my in box down to zero and prioritise my to do list.  That means when I come in after being off I know what’s important and my e-mails are limited to any which have arrived while I’ve been off.  The good thing about a holiday weekend is everyone is off so noone is sending e-mails 🙂

  • Barbara Goldberg

    Helen Mackenzie Thanks Helen! I agree clearing your inbox before you head off on any time away from work is a must. I hope you get to relax and enjoy your long weekend next month without worrying about what your will have to come back to!

  • John Gardner

    Logical, but spot on and helpful. I especially appreciated the “take it slow” step.

  • Barbara Goldberg

    John Gardner Thanks for your comment John! “Taking it slow” is always better then stressing out. You get more done being calm and direct.

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