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How To Start Your First Office Week After the Holidays
Making 2020 your best career year yet
Art Girls Jungle 01 Jan 2020

The first week back to work after the holidays is always difficult. After a week of family time and too much snacking, going back to the office and being met with a stack-load of emails is nobody’s favourite thing. But it’s 2020, we’re entering a new year, a new decade, and it could be your best career year yet, so you better start off on the right foot. Here are our tips to guarantee a successful first week back in the office. 
 
Rest
9. sleep
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Did you go out partying on New Year’s Eve? Great! But make sure you take the next few days recovering before stepping back into the office. Make sure you’ve had a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast before waltzing into the office fresh as a daisy on the first working day of 2020.
 
Smile
10. smile
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We don’t mean to sound cheesy, but everything really is a little easier when you see the brighter side of life. Smile, think positively. If you begin the year with a sunny attitude, then even your boss might start smiling too.
 
Breathe
11. breathe
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Remember, everyone’s in the same position. This is the one time of year where you’re 90% guaranteed that all your colleagues, and even external clients too, have just returned from a family-filled vacation, meaning that everyone will be a little slower to respond. Take advantage of knowing that you’re not the only one who’s taking a little bit of extra time to get back to that one annoying client right now. 
 
Slow Down
12. slow down
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Don’t rush into things, take your time, if you hurry then you’re more likely to make mistakes or skip things. Instead, look at what you have to do, make a list and then prioritise your tasks. It is better to be slow and steady than quick and messy. 
 
Socialise
13. socialise
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Your to-do list may be a mile long, but that is no excuse for ignoring your co-workers. If you’re working in an office, then you’re working as part of a team, so actually, those tea breaks are very important. 
 
Set Goals
14. goals
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What do you want to achieve this year? It’s always good to have something to look forward to, both personally and professionally. Write down what you want to advance in your career, and let your boss know about your long-term goals so that you are sure to push yourself out of your comfort zone from the start. 2020 can be the year you make it, but you have to put the work in early. 
 
Text Lizzy Vartanian

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