My Christmas//New Year’s break was wonderful. I got to spend an exorbitant amount of time with my family and friends and the holiday celebrations went terrifically well. I feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and wholly prepared to step back into my sea of work that has piled up over the last two weeks. However, just like anyone who returns to work after an extended break, I am feeling a teensy bit overwhelmed at the prospect of wading through countless emails, developing a semblance of a “normal routine”, and getting back into the swing of my working-at-home-domestic duties.

Today, my goals are to get organized, develop a productivity-inspiring music playlist, edit some on my current novel project, write some on my current draft, get a ton of Maiedae work done, and somehow manage to get my house whipped back into shape before heading to martial arts tonight. 

*WHEW*. Sounds like a lot after having such a long break, but I’m confident that it’s going to be a terrific day. I’m confident that my heart will be light despite the chaotic reentry into “workdom”.

The way I see it, you can approach a reentry into a schedule in a couple ways:

1. HARDCORE MODE // This method would be similar to splashing cold water all over your face. You’d ideally set the alarm for an atrocious hour, get up, shower, dress to the nines, have 1-2 cups of coffee, a delicious breakfast, and then arrive early to your 9-5, or full-time writing office. Then, you’d immediately sync up your calendar, appointments, and to-do list in order to know exactly what needs to be done and what is going on for the week. Then, you’d jump in and knock out every item on the day’s list.

2. EASY MODE // (My approach) This method is similar to slowly turning the water from freezing to warm over your hands before splashing it on your face. I set my alarm for my normal wake-up time. I rolled out of bed and remained in my pajamas while I started my day. No coffee, just a big cup of water. I sat down to my desk and opened up two of my three email accounts and took care of deleting unnecessary items and reserving action items for later. I then slowly eased myself into the land of the wakeful by checking social media and sales. Now, at 8:50, I’m taking care of my first action item on every workday (the blog post). At some point this morning, I’ll organize my to-do list and try to accomplish as much as possible, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I can’t get to everything. After all, it’s the first day back.

My EASY MODE approach, may seem pansy-ish, but you see…”Old Me” would most likely have subscribed to HARDCORE MODE once upon a time. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that approach. “New Me” likes to take things a bit slower on purpose, because peacefulness and stillness in my life are hard won. I can sometimes be a bit of a productivity nut, so I knew that coming back into my office today would need to have a more “chill” approach in order to keep from getting too overwhelmed or stressed.

I love my job, but sometimes, when I have lots of work piled up and not enough time to do it in, things can seem rough. Not so for me today. I’m happy, contented, and ready to jump in. I think this sort of mental attitude is also going to help me to accomplish a great deal more than I would if I was freaked out about meeting certain “deadlines” today. It’s the first day back after a wonderful break. I’m not going to push myself so hard that I’m in a vegetative, exhausted state tonight. I’m sure tomorrow, I’ll do better than I did today at reestablishing my routine. The next day? Even better.

I like that slow progression much better than jumping in and freaking out because I tried to do too much at once.

What about you? What are you doing to get yourself back into the work-groove? I’d love to hear your approach! 

Returning to a Normal Writing Schedule After a Holiday
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