Summer is over and we’re back in the office. Long gone are the days lying on the beach, instead we’re stuck behind our gallery desks, buried in emails and avoiding (as much as possible) annoying artists and collectors. This transition from summer to work mode can be difficult, so we’ve got you covered with some tips to cope during this difficult time.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Like the first day of school, it’s important to be well rested when you return to work after the summer break. Make sure you go to bed early, have a hot bath, and stay away from late nights partying. Your body will thank you for it, and you’ll be well prepared for your first day back.
Remember To Be Calm
When overwhelmed, it’s easy to panic, and that’s when you’re more likely to make mistakes or rush things. If you’re feeling stressed, take a minute to breathe deeply, step outside if you need, your work is less likely to suffer if you’re relaxed.
Don’t Go Straight Back Into Work
This may sound counter-intuitive, but you might not have seen your colleagues for over a month. It’s fine to spend 5 minutes catching up with them about what they got up to over their summer break. Of course, there is work to be done, but the office will be more friendly towards you if you are friendly towards them.
When things are busy at the end of the summer break, it’s a good idea to plan what and when you need to do things so that you are able to stay on top of your work. You’ll also probably find it easier to get things done if you know what you’re working towards.
Try Not To Say Yes To Every Extra-Curricular Activity
After a long break, you may feel inclined to go out partying every night. While this sounds like a fun idea, it is likely to impact badly on your work life. It’s better to go out once or twice with some of your best friends, than every night with acquaintances.
Words Lizzy Vartanian
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