Sick days can cause a lot of stress, not only on your body, but also at work. Returning to the office to find an inbox full of emails, a lengthy to-do list and new projects to tackle can cause major stress for any individual. Getting back to work can be a struggle, but we all have to make the best of the situation. These three simple suggestions may help you find your way of dealing with this situation and get you back on track!
1. Write Down Everything You Need To Do
How you keep track of the work you have to do can have a great impact on how effectively you manage your time. Making a written list of everything that needs to get done is a simple, yet amazingly powerful strategy. This allows you to get a realistic picture of what work needs to be done and helps you realize that it’s more feasible than you originally thought. A person that doesn’t use to-do lists may overestimate how much time is really needed to complete a single task, and it may make them more prone to procrastination. Making a list of tasks on a regular basis provides several other benefits:
- You’ll be less likely to forget even minor tasks
- You can determine which tasks have high priority and need to be done first, ensuring that deadlines will be met
- You’ll have both a short- and long-range view of the work coming up
- You may drag your feet less when you have a realistic idea of how much work needs to be done
2. Multi-tasking May Be The Enemy
Your first instinct might be to try and finish everything all at once, but all the multi-tasking will only stress you out more. Taking things one step at a time may help you ease back into your routine and not become overwhelmed. Each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete, and do those one at a time. Focusing on a single task at a time will make sure you’re doing it correctly so you don’t have to redo it.
3. Take A Short Break
I know it may be impossible to take a short break from all the work that has piled up after being out sick or on vacation, but short breaks have been scientifically proven to increase motivation and productivity. Find 15 minutes to go for a walk, or enjoy a cup of coffee without thinking about the tasks you have to complete. Giving yourself a quick break will help you relax and refocus!
These three tips will help you stay focused, and keep you feeling motivated instead of overwhelmed! Try them and see which ones work for you.
What other tips do you have for catching up on missed work?
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