Motivation Monday

Summer is well and truly over, and if you’re finding it hard to get back into the swing of things, trust me in saying that you’re not the only one! It’s always a struggle to get back your motivation after you’ve had a bit of time off, and you may need a little bit of an extra push to get yourself revved up and ready for work again.

I’ve put together a list of the ways I like to get back into work after a holiday. Let me know if you have any special ways of prepping yourself for work after a break or time off work!

Work out your routine:

Things are always easier with a routine. If you’re planning to wake up earlier than usual, why not start setting your alarm at this time a few days before you start work to get your body into a routine? This will mean when it comes for your first day back at work, waking up in the morning will be much easier.


Mike’s alarm clock makes him confused and angry

Keep learning:

Work can become pretty boring if you’re not feeling stimulated by what you’re doing. When you’re preparing to head back to work, list a few things that you want to learn or improve your skills in. This way, when you go back to work you’ll feel stimulated and interested in everything you are doing. If it’s difficult to improve your knowledge at work, why not expand your knowledge outside of working hours by heading to the local library or taking part in evening classes.


Simon feeling motivated after signing up for his ‘book-tower-building’ class

Power through it:

The first Monday morning after a holiday can feel like the worst thing ever. But the trick to beating your first-day-back-at-work-blues is to power through it. It can be very difficult to resist taking an extra long lunch break as a reward or to slack off for a bit of Facebook time, but if you ignore these distractions and power through all your work, the working day will be over as soon as you know it and you’ll also have got through a lot of work.


You don’t need 6 arms to power through your work!

Dress for the occasion:

Have an outfit that makes you feel confident? Wear it for your first day at work. It may seem silly, but going back to work looking great can push your productivity through the roof as you’ll feel confident and motivated.


Smart dress – check. Smart hair – check. Strange pose – check.

Ask your colleagues:

Talking to people is a great way to boost motivation after a break from work. Talk is cheap – but great, and usually you’ll be helping your colleagues in equal amounts. Discuss work and the going on since you’ve been gone, and share your worries or issues with them. You’ll feel a weight off your shoulders and also feel like you’re not so alone in your workload!


“Could everyone show me the work they’ve done for the past two weeks?”

Make lists:

I love lists. They can help you get your head together and feel more organised after a bit of time off work. Start with listing things you need to do today, then list your larger tasks for the week, the month, and so-forth. Having short term daily to-do lists and longer term lists are a great way to organised yourself and work out your schedule.


To-do list: 1. Drink Coffee 2. Eat Cake

Do you have any specific tips that you follow when going back to work after a holiday? Tweet us @UndercoverRec and let us know!

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About Ruby Lowe

Ruby is a Senior Account Executive at Link Humans in London.

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