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The How-To Lounge: Coping With Coming Back to Work

If you're like me, you were lucky enough to enjoy a few days out of the office over the Thanksgiving weekend, but coming back from vacation can feel like a catch 22 since it makes getting back to the grind all that much harder. Here are some helpful tips that might help.

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  • Keep in mind that you're not alone if you're struggling at work. It's always hard to get back into the groove so don't beat yourself up about it.
  • Your co-workers and friends will no doubt want to catch up and chat about your break the first few days back, but if a rap session will put you even more off track, shut your office door, turn off your instant messenger, put your phone on do not disturb and don't respond to personal e-mails until the end of the day.
  • Even though you are having a hard time settling back into work, the show must go on, so organization is key. The holidays are slow for some but considered the busy season for others so make a to do list and stick to it. Put out all the Thanksgiving fires first and then figure out what needs to be done before the Christmas holiday begins.
  • Listening to music and zoning everything else out always helps me concentrate, so give it a try.
  • If you get the after Holiday blues, plan something to look forward to and remember that Christmas is less than a month away!

I hope these tips help you this week and if it makes you feel any better, I'm in the same boat!


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DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
Yesterday was crazy, just because it was nothing but meetings to kick-off project initiatives. Today was worse, as I hadn't caught up from yesterday, and there have been more meetings and discussions, and waiting on catch-up from people who were out yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
cmachter1 cmachter1 9 years
Ugh, work was a totaly drag yesterday. I just wanted to lay my head on my desk and sleep. Today has been a little better though.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tips!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Thanks Dear, totally needed these tips!
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 9 years
feeling better today.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I just got back from a trip to Europe. I returned to piles of work that no one helped me with like they said they would, plus the normal amount of blues! A week later my boss griped at me for acting like i didn't care about work. (She has been quoted as saying she doesn't ever see the need to leave the country). It helped me to just be thankful that I've had all the opportunities to travel. I can close my eyes and picture the mountains and blue skies, and feel the relaxation. I consciously am thankful for every single good memory I had on that trip. It doesn't seem like it would help directly, but it brings a peace and perspective to your mind. And, it keeps your focus off of a hateful boss.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
It was raing where i live also. It was really hard to go back to work yesterday :(
Orchid23 Orchid23 9 years
I know hvanness331!!! it was raining here too , very gloomy comfy day ...the type that are perfect for lounging around at home with your pj's and looking out the window ... can't wait till the weekend again :) but i cant really say I've been working , I've been on TeamSugar :)
hvanness331 hvanness331 9 years
I was so grumpy yesterday at work. Those 4 days at home made it really hard to get out of bed and get going~ plus the pouring down rain didn't help my cause any either!
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
I'm one of those chicks that if I lounge its hard for me to get back on track...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Great tips! Even though I didn't have a thanksgiving long weekend this will definatly help with othe rlong weekends coming up :)
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