Having time off is wonderful. But once you fall out of your normal routine it can be hard to get back on track and be as productive as you once were. So here are a few awesome ways to ramp up your productivity if you've been taking time off or in a slump with your motivation.
START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT
I'm a big believer in starting your day off in the best way possible. More often than not it sets the tone for how the rest of your entire day is going to pan out. Things like writing your to-do list the night before, packing your bag or even preparing your lunch and breakfast. Are all things that can really help get your first day back get off to an awesome start. Feeling flustered and stressed before your day has even started is one of the worst ways to get back into your routine.
Planning everything that you need to do before you start back at work is a great help. Making your to-do list as manageable as possible is key. By splitting everything you need to tackle into sections it doesn't seem as scary or overwhelming. On your first day back don't start it by writing every single thing you need to get done that week down. Making your to-do list too long can have the opposite effect that you want it to have.
When you've been out of the loop for a little while it can be tempting to tackle things at a 150%. Easing yourself back into your routine is so much more effective in the long run. You don't run the risk of becoming burnt out before you've started to get back into your groove. It might seem odd or even unnecessary to take things slow when you've just had a break but it makes things a little easier to tackle.
This ties into the planning stage. When writing your to-do list put what you need to do first at the top and work down in order of priority. Something I've always found to be important after taking a break is getting your admin up to date. Whilst a brimming inbox might be all too tempting to ignore. Once you've tackled it then you can move onto other things that require your attention.
We've all been there. Whilst taking time off is wonderful and good for the soul. When you start to think about everything that you need to do when you return to your normal routine it can become pretty overwhelming. Your colleagues and co-workers have all been in the same boat. So try not to worry about other people thinking badly about you and just take things as they come.