Kids return to school in the coming week which means, if you’ve been working on a part-time basis or not at all, it’s time to start thinking about getting back to those full-time hours.
No more afternoon naps or days out at adventure parks! You need to get back to your 6:30am alarm clock and the morning commute to work.
We’ve come up with some handy tips to help you organise and get yourselves ready for the return to work.
Book a meeting with your inbox
You know that, unless you’ve been checking your emails while you’ve been at home, your inbox is going to be FULL! It’s worth scheduling a day where you can have dedicated time to spend going through all of your emails. If you try and mix them in with your other daily duties, you’ll most likely, never catch up!
After being off work for so long, your daily work routines are going to be tiring to get back into. However, getting back into your usual structured days are more likely to keep stress levels down in those first few weeks back at work.
It is important to try and be as organised as you can before starting your first day back. It’s worth getting your clothes set out and all the other little bits that you usually take to work, ready by the door for leaving in the morning. Don’t forget your coffee!
There is no point going into the workday at full speed – you’ll just burn out. Make sure you take the right number of breaks, eat a nice healthy lunch and drink plenty of water! You don’t have to feel guilty about having some time off, so don’t work yourself into the ground your first day back!
Interact with your colleagues
You’ve probably not had a real adult conversation in about six weeks so make sure you pack plenty in before you get home in the evening! Talking to your toddler all day in a made-up language or being completely ignored by your teenager can be exhausting!
Hopefully, these 5 tips will help your first week back at work a little less stressful!