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September 6, 2016 By Colleen Regan

Six Ways to Beat the Back to School (or Work) Blues

September 6, 2016

By Colleen Regan

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September 6, 2016

Six Ways to Beat the Back to School (or Work) Blues

By Colleen Regan
Product Marketing Manager

The dreaded Tuesday after Labor Day is here. It’s the unofficial end to summer, which means back to the regular 9-to-5 for us working folks, and back to school for the kids. We know the struggle is real, but we are here to help you beat those “back to the grind” blues.

Our VP of Marketing, Jim Somers, and author, recently collaborated to bring you tips on how to overcome end of summer blues! Check ’em out:

1. Acceptance

The first step to dealing with any challenge is to accept it embrace the change. Think of it as an opportunity for a fresh start, on a project or in your career, even if you’re staying in the same job.

2. Set daily goals

Considering Sharon’s summer goals have almost all revolved around maintaining sanity and productivity while she moved to a different state, this tip should incredibly helpful. Will she schedule meetings with new sources, or develop more story ideas? Or just commit to unpacking another mysterious, unlabeled box in her new office? Clean off her desk? Having a clear vision of what to accomplish daily, weekly, quarterly will help as fall arrives and everything gets much busier.

3. Manage your time

Summer days don’t need a lot of structure, especially if they’re vacation days, and that is great until work intrudes. To stay focused and feel less overwhelmed, try to create out a more formal schedule and calendar before you dive into the week ahead.

4. Pace yourself 

Whether you’re returning from a three-week vacation in Greece or a long weekend at the beach, transitioning from play to work is no easy feat. Successfully getting back into your professional, back-to-life routine takes time. It’s a good idea to remember to ease into the hustle and bustle by taking multiple short breaks to avoid burning out and getting overwhelmed.

5. Make (and keep) friends

While most of Sharon’s colleagues work remotely, (and as Jim does at least one day a week), we stay connected using Slack and other tools. Staying connected and leaning on colleagues and friends for support can help get back into a routine and foster better teamwork and productivity.

6. Keep the sleep

The concept of a regular bedtime and a structured nightly routine pretty much went out the window as soon as Sharon moved. And she’s not looking forward to the meltdowns her family will have to endure when they reintroduce a strict 8 p.m. bedtime for their five-year-old, but Sharon knows forcing him — and herself — to get to sleep at a reasonable hour is going to boost energy and alertness during the day.

While summer may be over, there’s still plenty to look forward to. After all, football, foliage, and pumpkin spice lattes are just around the corner!


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