The Fourth of July holiday weekend was pretty busy for me. Somewhere between the 2012 Atlanta Peachtree Road Race (10K), fireworks, a day to recover from the race, a root canal, family time, and launching the solsticesisters blog, I forgot I even had a job. However, by 5:00pm on Sunday, my thoughts began an early journey away from home and returned to work despite my protests. I was trying to be in the moment. I had a glass of sparkling water, a stack of papers with coupons waiting to be clipped, and an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine streaming on my laptop. This should’ve been plenty to occupy my mind. Yet, thoughts of work tried to take over. I love my work, but I didn’t want to think about it until I returned to the office. This was enough to make me dread Monday. Clearly I wasn’t ready for the holiday weekend to end. Luckily, I found a few ways to ease back into the office today. I highly recommend that you try one, two, or all of the following to make your first day back in the office after a holiday stress-free and enjoyable.
- Treat yourself to a special morning beverage. I had Starbucks Via (Columbia) with Baileys (non-alcoholic) Irish Cream Coffee Creamer sweetened with stevia in my favorite coffee cup…So good!
- Reschedule any meeting that isn’t urgent. I was able to free up an hour by cancelling a meeting I no longer needed because I felt I was already up to speed on the topic.
- Listen to something relaxing and uplifting. I listened to the soundtrack from the movie Marigold. I saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the theater a few weeks ago—loved it—but I’m not talking about that movie. This movie stars Salman Khan, Ali Larter, and Nandana Sen and was released in 2007. You have to see the movie to really appreciate the music. Whenever I hear the songs, especially tracks 2, 3, and 5, dancing scenes from the movie come to mind, and I get all happy inside. I hit repeat all day long. See for yourself.
- Whenever possible and appropriate, reply to inquiries or requests with a phrase such as, “I’ll look into it and follow up with you later this week.” Everything doesn’t need your attention on your first day back to work.
- Smile no matter what. This was easy. I thought about how much fun I had running through the sprinklers along the Peachtree Road Race course. I felt like a child again.
These things worked for me. What works for you?