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The holidays can be a particularly challenging time when it comes to productivity at work — especially when you are returning after a long holiday break. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your work day upon returning from vacation.

  • Set small goals daily. When returning from vacation, don’t feel pressure to finish everything at once. Instead, complete small tasks from your “To Do” list every day.
  • Write or add all meeting requests – whether small or major — in a hardcopy or online calendar. This will help you to stay abreast of all meetings.
  • Always take a lunch. Even if you are only able to break away for 20 minutes, don’t forget to eat.
  • Take a mid-morning or late-afternoon walk. A 10-minute walk can help you to feel more alert and less groggy so that you can finish the work day.