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Five things that I do to help me when I come back to the office in the New Year.

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15 January 2023

As offices around the world start reopening after the holidays, many of us are preparing to return to work after a much-needed break. While it can be exciting to get back to work and tackle new challenges, it can also be a bit daunting to jump back into the routine.

For me, coming back to the office after a break often feels a bit overwhelming. Here are a few key things that help me get back into the swing of things.

Reconnect with my team

After being away from work for a while, it’s good to reconnect with my team and catch up on what’s been happening. This might involve setting up a team meeting or having a quick chat with my colleagues to get up to speed.

Set clear goals for the year

One of the first things I do when I come back to the office is sit down and make a list of my goals for the year. This helps me stay focused and motivated and gives me something to work towards.

I try to be as specific as possible, breaking my goals down into smaller, more manageable tasks. This might include professional goals, such as learning a new skill or taking on a new project, or personal goals, such as improving my work-life balance. I outline measures for my goals so I can tick them off once I achieve them.

Setting clear goals helps me to stay motivated and focused throughout the year.

Get organised

After a break, my desk can get pretty cluttered, so I take some time to tidy up and get everything in its place. I also like to set up a system for managing my tasks and projects, whether that’s using a to-do list or project management software.

Having a clear system in place helps me stay on top of my workload and stay organised throughout the year.

Reflect on the previous year

Before I jump into the New Year, I like to take some time to reflect on the previous year and think about what worked well and what didn’t.

I like to list all my achievements and successes for the previous year and have them on hand to reflect on when work is tough. It keeps me positive and motivated and reminds me that I am good at my job.

Reviewing the things that didn’t work so well helps me identify any areas for improvement and devise a plan for how to tackle them in the New Year.

Get back into a routine

After a break, it can be hard to get back into a routine. To help with this, I stick to a regular schedule as much as possible, including setting aside dedicated time for work, exercise, and relaxation.

Establishing a routine helps me stay productive and healthy throughout the year.

Coming back to the office after a break is never easy. Try following these five steps to make the transition back to the office a little smoother and get the New Year off to a great start.

Remember to be patient with yourself and take things one step at a time. With a little preparation and some self-care, you’ll be ready to tackle whatever the year has in store. If you’re not quite ready to jump straight into the thick of things, we’ve got some funny project management videos to lighten the mood. Check them out on our YouTube channel.

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Written by Rhona Aylward
Rhona is Deputy Everything Officer at Psoda, where she does everything except code. After starting life as a microbiologist she moved into PMO leadership roles around the world before settling in New Zealand with her family.

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