There are so many daily distractions that leave us confused and lacking focus. You might see something shiny, a new “hot” topic on the internet, or maybe an associate who has an interesting story to tell. So, you take the time to listen and devote your attention, temporarily, to something that has nothing to do with what you’re supposed to be doing.
Distractions and interruptions are always there and often difficult to avoid. But, they are often even harder to recover from. A few moments looking that way leaves your eyes trying to refocus on what you were studying in the first place. So, consider that these daily distractions are small compared to the change that a holiday can bring.
Holidays and vacations have a knack for providing a time of relaxation. Unfortunately, they can disrupt the momentum we gather throughout a regular workweek. Starting the week off a little later or ending a little early usually leaves us wondering what happened yesterday and what we are supposed to be doing today.
Rejuvenation shouldn’t leave you confused
Start by considering what you would need to do when you return to work. Don’t walk into work blind and wondering what to do next. Confusion is one of the biggest problems that follow a holiday, not only because the workweek is distorted, but also because it is difficult to recall what you were supposed to accomplish today. For this reason, planning is an essential ingredient to success.
A calendar of events is a great way to start. Daily activities demand our attention, but it is important to plan even further ahead in time. Maintain a physical wall or desk calendar that keeps clear track of visible dates and information. It will remain as a constant reminder of what needs to be done.
In addition, the electronic world has greatly augmented our capabilities, bringing about many of the most invaluable instruments to the hardworking business analyst’s necessities for success. Many online services and even some apps for smart phones allow an individual to maintain a steady track of their schedules and agenda. Organize your weekly schedules and regularly keep track of them so you don’t fall behind, especially if you find yourself taking an extra day off.
Reflect, review, relax!
Despite their appearance, holidays are far more difficult to overcome than an indiscriminate distraction, mostly because they normally take out an entire day of potential productivity. While it is a time for you to relax and recharge, it is also time that you aren’t moving forward. So, it is important to plan ahead of where you are right now. See the future and think about what you’ll need to do when the time comes.
Start by setting yourself up to start right where you left off. Organize yourself before you go on vacation or leave for the day. Leave yourself a note, set out the paperwork that needs to be addressed, and highlight your calendar where you just left off when you left.
It helps to review the topics you’ll face when you get back even it is just for future reference. This is not to say that you need to remain focused on your work while you’re away, but it is important that you are able to quickly transition from recharge mode to achievement mode as soon as you get back to work.
Go back to work, ready to work.
This is very important, not just for the sake of your business, but for your image as well. Holidays bring about many different opportunities, and it’s exceptionally easy to wind yourself up and get caught in the fun and activities that may be taking place at holiday events. But, always give yourself a chance to wind back down so you can prepare for upcoming work days. Plan to return from a trip the day before, so that you can have a day of flexibility and enough time to rest yourself after a long journey home. Like your business day, schedule your activities and events so that you can get the appropriate amount of rest and recovery you’ll need to get back to work, ready to work.
Holidays are great, and just about everybody looks forward to some extra time off. Whether it’s spent celebrating or relaxing, it’s important that our holiday be played as an opportunity, not as a hurdle to overcome. Plan for the break and let the good times roll, so that when it’s time to work, you can return ready and prepared to start right where you left off.