We all love a long weekend, however, it can make it tough to return to work and not feel like you are ‘behind’. There was recently a great article on Business Insider that talked about the 6 things successful people do after a long weekend. After a long weekend, it’s important to be able to get back on task quickly. Here are some ways to make that easier.
- Get to work early – Anyone who knows Iain Sharpe is aware that many days he is the first person to work at his Merrill Lynch office. He believes that getting in early is the difference between being reactive vs. proactive. This is especially important after a long weekend so you have distraction free time to get caught up and prepared for a productive week.
- Prioritize to-do items – Too-long to-do lists can be counterproductive as it sometimes makes it hard to focus in on the most important tasks to be done. Iain Sharpe at Merrill Lynch tries to keep it concise. Put the most important items at the top so you can be sure to focus most of your energy on the most time sensitive and vital tasks
- Adjust your schedule – Since you have a short work week, don’t try to cram too many things into your shrunken schedule. There’s no way to productively have as many meetings in a 4 day week as you do in a 5 day week.
- Check in – Take time to let your clients and associates know you are on top of things and back and ready for business. It’s a simple thing that can make a big impression. Also, check in with your team to make sure everyone is on the same page.
- Organize inbox – With one extra day of emails to sort through, don’t get bogged down by unimportant emails. Be strategic and only respond to emails that are time sensitive until you get caught up.
- Focus on work – While it’s necessary for all of us to have a break from work over long weekends, it’s equally important to get back into your work-focused mindset as soon as you get back to your office. As a financial advisor, Iain knows it’s important for him to be responsive and focused every moment he’s at work to do what’s best for his clients.