As soon as I walked out of the door from work on Wednesday, I transformed into a Holiday Princess! I practically frolicked to my car skipping across an imaginary cobblestone walkway. I heard birds chirping as I started the car and let the sunroof back. Ah…..four days of only doing what the Princess (me) wanted to do! Moonbeams and rainbows all the way baby!
Fast forward to the end of those four days and my princess tiara is beginning to hurt my head as I think about going back to work tomorrow. I don’t know about ya’ll but this princess sure gets down in the dumps when it is time to go back to “business as usual” after a long holiday weekend. Being away from the regular routine, sleeping in late, eating lots of delicious foods, and quality time with the family just spoil me. I often find myself daydreaming of a life where I am Holiday Princess EVERYDAY! (The birds are chirping again!!!)Ok, so back to the “real world”. Since being Holiday Princess everyday is not an option, I guess I will go with the next best thing…”Back-to-work Barbie”. Whether you are a Barbie fan or not…you know Barbie seems to always be on top of her game….organized AND looking fly.
So Divas, let’s get our Barbie on and actually enjoy getting back into a regular routine without dreading the week ahead with these few tips:
1. Prepare yourself mentally. I went to a presentation during a work retreat and the speaker said that our minds are like faithful dogs—they do what we tell them. So, the speaker would say, tell yourself that you are going to enjoy the rest of your day AND that you are looking forward to tomorrow. (I know it sounds kinda cheesy but without directions, my mind goes all over the place.)
2. Go to bed early. Uggh! I so need to go to bed earlier. It is totally unrealistic to expect yourself to pop up after a late night feeling rested and ready for the day ahead. Not to mention that going to bed late helps me play the hit the snooze button game and then I AM RUNNING LATE. (Yeah, being late is just a wonderful way go get the week started!)
3. At least glance at your calendar. Who says “I just love being totally un-prepared for upcoming projects and meetings”?….No ONE EVER! Take just a few minutes to familiarize yourself with what you have scheduled for the week ahead. You will be happy you did later.
4. Plan 1 fun activity this week! Lunch with a friend, family movie night, dinner out, or whatever activity that brings you joy, will give you something to look forward to and balance out some of the dread for the week ahead.
Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.
What do you do to fight the go-back-to-work-after-a-holiday-blues?