The sun has set on your holidays and now you’re back.
You’ve logged on. Your inbox confronts you again. The meetings are scheduled.
Time to get cracking…. But wait… is there resistance? Are you looking back over your shoulder…? Are you wishing the holidays back somehow? Or raring to go?
Most of us are something in between these two extremes. If so, there is a great opportunity available here.
This process of getting back into the working year after a break can be a time of valuable insight if you allow it to be. By engaging in some reflection at this moment you can kick start the year in a more healthy and productive way.
Here is how to do that:
1. Note what you are looking forward to the most
- Visualise it
- Write it down
- Note how you feel when you are conducting this work
- Now look at the next month in your calendar – how much of this work is coming up? Are you emphasising this part of your work enough? Too much?
2. Note what you are dreading?
- Picture yourself in these situations
- Why are you feeling uncomfortable with this aspect of your work?
- What steps could you take to feel more comfortable with this aspect of your role?Write these down.
I need to communication more openly with Tony about…
I need to assert my needs more in regards to finishing meetings on time…
3. Based on the notes above form between one and three SMART goals for the next month. Some examples:
“By 1 February I want to have had the courageous conversation with my colleague Janet about the way she communicates with me at times and how this makes me feel”
“By 10 Feb I want to have communicated to my manager the need to keep our weekly meetings to under an hour, and to see this plan in action”
“By 20 Feb I want to see our team fully enforcing our cancellation policy with our clients on every occasion a booking is made”
There is nearly always a certain level of resistance when you come back from a break. Don’t waste it. Use it to teach you how you are going and what you need to shift in your aim to be healthy and productive at work.
Have a healthy and productive day,