While summer technically lasts until Sept. 22, Labor Day marks the end of what many traditionally think of as the summer season. It’s the last national holiday until Thanksgiving, and for most of the workforce, this is the last three-day weekend for a few months. Before heading out to enjoy Labor Day Weekend with family and friends, here are a few quick tips on how to enjoy everything the holiday weekend has to offer and be ready to hit the ground running when you get back to work on Tuesday.
It can be tempting to hurry off to get your weekend started early, but taking a little extra time to lay the groundwork on Friday can make things go much more smoothly when you return to the office after the long layoff. Spend a few minutes building your to-do list for Tuesday and planning out the short work week in advance. If you’re able to get your mind off work, it can be easy enough to lose track of some details over a normal weekend. A three-day weekend is even riskier.
Take inventory of the important things you’ll need to achieve the following week and the loose ends you weren’t able to tie up before the holiday weekend. Think about how to budget your time around your highest priority tasks and get them all done during a short week. Try to plan a few quick items like cleaning up your inbox or wrapping up some loose ends from the previous for Tuesday morning. Checking a few items off your to-do list quickly can give your mood a boost build some momentum for the week ahead.
Give Yourself Space
Do what you can to avoid packing your first day back with meetings and calls, especially on Tuesday morning. If you’re not careful, it can be easy to lose half of a day on meetings; you don’t want to start a short week off already feeling like you’re behind schedule. Talk to you colleagues, clients and others you collaborate with about holding off on meetings until Tuesday afternoon or later in the week; they’ll likely appreciate some time to get back in the swing of things as well. Reserving time for urgent tasks and major priorities right off the bat sets a productive tone for and helps you make the most of the short week that follows a holiday break.
A three-day weekend is much more valuable opportunity to rest up and recharge if you don’t spend half of it staring at your phone or checking your email. Of course, it’s not always possible to completely tune out for the weekend, especially when you work in a public relations agency, but think in advance about what is a big enough priority to pull you away from weekend activities and what can wait. That way, you won’t have to devote unnecessary time and mindshare to items you can handle when you’re back in the office. Try to plan some activities that will keep you away from your phone or computer or, better yet, plan for windows of time when you can stick them in a drawer and fully unplug.