How To Get Motivated After A Holiday

Holidays are there so that we can rest, have some fun and get fired up to return to our everyday life, right? Only it rarely works out that way. Holidays never seem to be long enough and getting back to our routine can feel like an ordeal. It’s hard to get up in the morning, we have tons of work to catch up on and our mind is still back there, at the beach, on the slopes or in Paris. If this is happening to you, here are some tips on how to get motivated after a holiday.

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Get some rest

“What? But I’ve just come back from holidays. I don’t have time to rest”, I hear you say. But often we come back from holidays tired. Not the same tiredness that you feel after a hard day of work, but tired nevertheless. You may be jetlagged or you may have engaged in more physical activity than normal, or you mind might be full of new impressions. So don’t push yourself too hard for the first few days and take as much time for rest as you can.

Set your priorities

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the mountain of work that’s waiting for you, so your first instinct is to start doing stuff as fast as you can. A couple of hours into it and you’ll get frustrated that your to-do list doesn’t seem to become any shorter. Instead, spend some time evaluating what’s most important right now and do those tasks first.

Start small

Understandably, you’d want to get up to date with everything immediately, on the very first day. And this is the quickest way to burnout. Remember, you’ve just come back from a holiday, your next one is probably not coming for a while, so you need to pace yourself. As long as you get the important tasks out of the way, it’s OK to give yourself some time to catch up with everything else.

Focus on what you love

As much as you’d rather be on holidays, there’re probably plenty of positive experiences in your day – being able to eat your favourite food, sharing your memories with a colleague, getting a new client who loves you. Acknowledge these special moments and you’ll find that your day flows with a lot more ease.

Do you have more tips on how to get motivated after a holiday? Please share them!

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Motivation Strategies (cont)

Strategy 3: Finishing at the Peak

The strategy is simply to set an hour limit when tackling tasks you usually don’t enjoy.

If you are only going to spend an hour doing a certain task, you don’t need to spend three hours avoiding it. You also boost your chances of enjoying the task.”This strategy is about finishing at the peak of an experience and is based on the belief that you can do anything for an hour,” Gaby explains.

Gaby has used this technique to motivate herself to write follow up letters – something she hates – and to excite trainees about making “cold” sales calls.

She explains that while people waste a lot of time getting started on a job they dislike, they find it very manageable – even enjoyable – once they establish a rhythm and “get on a roll”.

By setting a time limit of one hour, she says, you finish the activity on a “high” and find you are glad to return to it next time around.

Strategy 4: The power role models

This is where you identify a person who is successful at something you want to achieve and you model your behavior on theirs by finding out their success strategies.

You can read up on the person, meet them through a professional group or simply make a direct approach.

If you decide to approach the person Gaby advises doing so by email or a letter so they can refuse. Suggest a short meeting and be specific about what you hope to learn.

Research the person’s interests so you can add something of value to their life in return for their advice.

After meeting the person, send them a thank you explaining how you put their advice into action.

Another method is to read books written by or about successful people such as The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Steven R Covey; You Don’t Have To Be Born Brilliant: How To Design A Magnificent Life by Australian John McGrath; Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins and The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield.

Strategy 5: Turn learning into action

Buying books and attending seminars is an excellent way of exposing yourself to new ideas but real learning begins when you put knowledge into action, says Gaby.

“To get out of being a student of life, my strategy is to put three of the things that I have learnt from a particular seminar or book into action before I buy one more book or attend one more seminar,” she says.

Story by Kate Southam, editor of CareerOne. Go to for more career related articles. Job hunting and workplace questions can be directed to CareerOne by emailing:

April 16, 2003