Like it or not, it's that time of year - back to school and back to work! We hope everyone is well-rested and enjoyed their summer vacations. Which means you should be ready to dive into work and school with lots of energy, right? Just in case you're not, here are some tips to make it just a little easier getting back into the grind.Back to Work
Dreading going back to work isn't so much that we don't like our jobs, it's that we miss the carefree days of vacation and the relaxing feeling that goes along with it. So try one of these tips to bring the vacation to your office and ease the transition back to the workplace:
- Liven up your desk with a cactus or tropical plant. The plant will remind you of sunnier days, boost oxygen production, and stimulate overall well-being.
- Add something from your typical vacation morning to your morning work routine.. Sleeping late is probably not an option but perhaps you enjoyed special coffee or fresh-squeezed pineapple juice on vacation and now you miss it. The solution is easy - swing by the grocery store and take a closer look at the coffee and juice options. Maybe there's something more exciting you could be having for breakfast!
- Organize those photos now. If you're like most people, you snap a ton of photos on vacation and then procrastinate on organizing them once you get home. What a waste! Whatever your preferred choice of sharing - Facebook, Flickr, your own personal website - force yourself to finish your vacation photo album within 2 weeks of returning. Then you can enjoy the memories that much sooner! Even better, buy (or hint about it for your next birthday or special occasion) a digital photo frame that rotates through your photos. You can pretend you never came back from vacation!
One of the great things about kids is they adapt to change more quickly than us. Sure, they'll moan and groan about going to back to school but once they're there, they'll enjoy all the new friends and activities. So the trick is just getting them over the hump. Here are some tips:
- Snack time. Let them come to the store with you and pick out special afternoon snacks for their first week back. Don't worry if it's not the healthiest option - it's just for one week and you can control portion size so they don't go crazy.
- Leave them a note. When I was younger, my mom always wrote me a note after I had gone to bed and left it on my night stand for me to discover when I woke up. I still have some of these notes 25 years later! Your kids will love waking up to a surprise (who doesn't?) and it creates a special moment between you and your child. I always stashed the note in my backpack in case I was feeling a little homesick later in the day and it really helped just knowing it was there.
- Plan a weekend activity. Organize a family get-together for the coming weekend, such as a picnic or a day at the zoo. It will give them something to look forward to, which will help them get through the week.
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