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Happy new year! After days of celebration, spending time with family, and relaxing during the holiday season it’s time to return to work whether in an office or at home. What is your post-holiday mindset; “I have to” (obligatory) go back to work? or “I get to” (opportunity) go back to work? Then I have to go back to work expression suggests that there is an element of the post-holiday blues. You probably miss sleeping in. You might be experiencing low energy, anxiety, and trepidation about deadlines or that troublesome co-worker.

On the other hand, if you are one of those employees who is coming back with the “I get to” come back to work mindset, you are excited. You might have projects that you’d like to complete. Maybe you took my suggestions from last week’s blog and set work and career goals. Perhaps you considered: attending more professional development activities, improving work relationships, and/or seeking leadership opportunities. Of course, working for a supportive boss and with collaborative co-workers can make the transition back to the work world easier. In other cases, you could love your work, but it just takes time to get back into it. Going from 0 to 90 could be too much too soon. Warm-up with coffee and conversation before moving at full speed.

As you are getting back in the groove reflect on your resolutions and how they will impact your future. In other words, are you working to make a living or working to make a life? A new year can offer you a chance to reflect on the past then choose how to shape the future you desire – your purpose. They say that if you have a job doing what you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life. If you dread coming to work you might be in the wrong job or environment.

The pandemic has caused a lot of people to assess their work situations. This is your opportunity to find the work/career you love in an organization or create your own as an entrepreneur. You spend half your waking hours working. You might as well be in an environment you enjoy. You have choices. Resolve to exercise them and never work a day in your life. Enjoy holidays and vacations, they are necessary. If you return from them with the “I get to” come back to work mindset you are in the right place.


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