Slay Your 2017: Getting Back on the Grind

photo credit: Molly Cranna

photo credit: Molly Cranna

The holidays are officially over and your out-of-office email is off. Noooo. YES. You might be in denial but the 2017 calendar is not. You had your break and ate it too (so many macarons), but it’s time put fingers to keyboard and *work work work work work*.

We know: getting back to reality is rough, and if money grew on trees, we’d be mid-eggnog siesta right now. But you’re a natural born hustler baby, we just want you to know. And you were not made to lounge about all day. To get back on track, here are 5 steps you can take to start the first workweek of 2017 off right.

HACK YOUR MORNINGS 

If you spent the last week of December sleeping in, waking up to an alarm once again can be tough. It doesn’t have to be so hard. Make your mornings more efficient and cut your prep time in half by setting yourself up for success the night before.

Before you go to bed, give yourself some extra mental prep time in the AM by picking out your outfit, pre-packing your work bag, and cut time by showering the night before.

Also, if you want to cut time making breakfast in the morning, prepare some overnight oats (a favorite in the C&C office) in the fridge and you’re set to take your breakfast to the office too.

SET UP A TEAM MEETING & SET A GAME PLAN

If you want to prep for success, you need to make sure that you and your team are on the same page.

At some point this week, have everyone on your team write down their plan of action for the week/month and go over all the details of who is tackling what. Once you have all set your game plan for the week, you will feel 10x more confident in taking on the rest of the week with a clear mind and clear tasks as a team.

"A negative madditude about heading back to the office will manifest in counterproductive ways."

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GET FOCUSED AND PRIORITIZE YOUR TO-DOS

Now that you and your team have set your game plan, it’s time to prioritize your own to-dos. Get yourself focused and use your preferred task-management method. Whether you like the old school way of handwriting down your tasks, or you prefer to write them down in a platform like Asana or Trello, writing down and organizing all your tasks will make getting back on the grind a lot less bumpy.

RE-ORGANIZE YOUR WORK SPACE

New year means new desk space. A cluttered desk is a cluttered headspace-- even science says so. Don’t allows clutter to build up until it’s time to do spring cleaning. Do it now.

If you have old useless paperwork lying around your table, or you just need to freshen up your desk with new supplies, clean up. Not only will cleaning up your physical desktop (along with your computer desktop) help you stay organized, but it also gives you a sense of relief.

REPEAT POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

Before you went to sleep, you probably liked a few memes on your Instagram feed about the dread of going back to work. It that may have given you a few LOLs, having a negative madditude about heading back to the office can and will manifest in counterproductive ways. Focus on  positive affirmations, bump a killer playlist that gets you in good mood, grab a good cup of coffee, and get ready to slay your day. There is no room here for back-to-work blues.

What are some of the ways that you get back into your groove when returning to work? Let us know below!

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