The first Monday after a long break (for some of us, it was nearly two weeks) can be brutal. Your inbox is likely flooded with emails, your to-do list has gone untouched for quite some time (items may have even been added) and you probably have a few voicemails. Where do you even start?
The most important thing to do is give yourself (and your employees) time to regroup after the holiday. Avoid starting your post-holiday work week off on a stressful note by following these simple guidelines:
- Set up meetings to touch base with your team. I know what some of you may be thinking. “Another meeting? I don’t have time.” But this meeting will probably be one of the most important ones. It gives you and your team a chance to regroup and pick up on projects. The end goal should be to form a plan of attack for the week ahead. It helps everyone prioritize tasks, leading to fewer scrambles.
- Set aside 15-20 minutes these next few mornings to answer emails that aren’t high-priority. Flag your messages and rank them based on which ones need to be tended to first. You don’t have to bite off everything at once.
- Revisit your company’s 2015 goals. It’s likely been a few months since you and your team created them. Take some time to review to ensure your team starts the New Year off on the right foot. Make sure the rest of the team looks them over as well, and encourage questions.
How do you get back into the swing of things after a long break?