Getting through those January blues

You’ve been back in the office for a couple of weeks now, and Christmas seems like a distant memory. Your New Year resolutions have fallen by the wayside or are clinging on for dear life and Dry January/Veganuary didn’t quite last the whole month. So how do you get through the January office blues – we’ve put some tips together to help you through.

Turn on your out of office

Take a moment in the week to buy yourself some time to beat the backlog. Switching on your out of office for an afternoon will enable you to work undisturbed and clear the way for new tasks and your colleagues won’t expect you to be immediately responsive.

Get Organised

Part of the dread of returning to the office is the impending and potentially out of control email back log. You may have been a little slack in dealing with some emails before the Christmas break, leaving things for “future-you” to pick up upon your return. Create a to-do list and categorise and prioritise each task into bite size, manageable chunks – this will help you see progress throughout the day as you tick each task off.

Read and archive

You’ll probably have long email threads to read through – many of which might be fyi only. Make sure you read them, mark them as read and archive them. Leave the things you need to action unread to help you quickly identify your to do list. Delete any spam or any of your online shopping emails. Using this strategy can turn an unmanageable inbox of 500+ unread messages to a surprisingly easy to digest 100 relevant messages which you can attack with confidence.

Make a change

January is the time for change, and while many resolutions go out of the window, now might be a good time to change something that will benefit you in your day to day business. Something as simple as taking on a new project or committing to a new structure to your day can help you deal with challenges you’ve come across in previous years. Maybe seek out some training and spend some time every week on professional development.

Plan your holidays

Most employees have a set holiday allowance, so start to think about when you’d like to take some time off – this will give you something to look forward to and keep you motivated. Whether it’s heading off travelling the world, going on an action filled holiday or a staycation plan it and book it in with your manager to secure the dates.

Bonus tip: If you book from Friday, April 19, 2019 to Monday, May 6, 2019 off work, you’ll get 18 days off only using 9 days holiday! (Providing your employer doesn’t count weekends and bank holidays as part of the working week)

Get in touch

If you are looking for a new look for your office, we are experts in the commercial office and fit-out, so whether you are looking for a major overhaul or a few simple alterations to make your workspace more efficient make sure you get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to talk through your options. You can call us on 01344 303504 or email us, you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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