Three-day weekends are among the greatest joys an employed adult can experience. We look forward to them for weeks and spend them a variety of ways — sleeping in, enjoying extra time with friends and family, getting out of town for a few days, indulging in an epic Netflix binge, etc. — there there is a small downside. It can be difficult to shake off the cobwebs on the first day back in the office and we often have to cram a whole week of work into four business days after the holiday. Here are a few quick tips to help you get back on your A-Game after a long weekend:
- Re-Immerse Yourself in Your Current Projects — Look over your to-do lists from the previous week to refresh your memory on where you left off and what you need to get done this week. Three days isn’t a long time, but it can be easy to lose track of details and let things slip through the cracks if you’re not careful. Take a look at each project you’re responsible for, from the digital marketing plan to the social media strategy, and make note of the important steps you need to tackle this week.
- Warm Up Before You Do the Heavy Lifting — Start small in the morning by lining up a few quick tasks. Build some momentum by checking a few simple tasks off your to do list — getting these small victories first thing in the morning can motivate you to tackle something big or a tedious task you’ve been dreading later in the day.
- Take Especially Good Care of Yourself — Clearing the cobwebs after the long weekend can be hard work. Make it easier on yourself by taking extra care of your body. Start with a healthy breakfast and keep it going with a healthy lunch. Drink lots of water and stay away from sugary snacks and beverages that can leave you feeling sluggish in the afternoon. If you find yourself zoning out or losing momentum, get up and take a walk around. Investing five minutes in a quick walk can pay off when added productivity once you get back to your desk.
After you’ve returned to form and knocked your first day back out of the park, take a few minutes to look back on which parts of the day were most difficult and make notes for the next time. Having a specific idea of where you struggle after a holiday weekend can help you plan better for the next one so you can enjoy stress-free time off even more.