We all feel it – the lethargy that comes when we return to work after a long weekend. Monday’s are always tough, but the Tuesday following a long, holiday weekend can be even more difficult to tackle. It can be hard to bounce back into work, to pick up where you left off, or begin new projects. We often wish we were still relaxing while productivity seems to take a hit as we catch up on emails and tasks.

Luckily, there are a few things to try to help get back into the groove to make sure we are productive and creative. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you be efficient and present when you return to work after a long weekend:

  • Mentally Focus on Being Present – Try to mentally readjust out of the holiday mindset. If you are physically present but mentally still hanging out on the beach, you may find that you are unable to concentrate and are lacking efficiency. Tell yourself that you had a great break, are well rested, and are ready to get back to the grind!
  • Break up Tasks and Projects – According to a a study published in Psychology Review, the most effective and productive workers are those to attempt their tasks in short bursts rather than longer bouts of concentration. It is important to keep in mind that we don’t have endless supplies of willpower, especially after a long weekend. Put together a to-do list of shorter tasks to accomplish; checking these small tasks off as you go will ensure you don’t feel like a failure for not completing anything and can give you a head start on larger projects and goals.
  • Tidy Up! – Tidy up your desk and office space. If you didn’t do so prior to your vacation, do it now! Tidy work spaces tend to give employees a better feeling of overall well being and helps with feeling motivated.
  • Plan Your Next Vacation or Weekend Away – Planning your next vacation gives you something to look forward to. This renewed sense of adventure may make your work and tasks seem less tedious as you now have something to work towards. Consider escaping the following weekend. Drive to a local beach, go on a nature hike, or engage in some activity that you find relaxing. Unwind and remember that peaceful vacation the week before.
  • Take Breaks and Eat Away From Your Desk  You likely have a ton of things to catch up on, but it is important to remember take regular, short breaks to avoid feeling zapped and drained. Avoid eating at your desk. You may think that multitasking through your lunch break may help you catch up; however, not taking a proper break can cause you to be less productive and more tired than you were before your break.

No matter how much you love your job, getting back into groove of things after a vacation can be challenging and draining. Know that you may not be able to catch up on everything in one day. Pace yourself to avoid feeling swamped and take adequate breaks to recharge. Don’t stress about workloads; get organized and gradually work through your checklist. You’ll be back on track in no time!