The holidays are great time of year where you get to see family, eat lots of food, open lots of presents. It can also very stressful. So stressful and the week between Christmas and new years is a majorly welcomed breath of fresh air. It’s a relief to finally be done with all the hustle and bustle and just relax. And perhaps do absolutely nothing for the rest of the break.
Finding your non-holiday rhythm can be a bit tricky as you pull yourself out of the holiday mode.
Yours truly has as few ways to shake the post-holiday slump to start the New Year off right!
Start slow and prioritize
You know there will be mountains of paperwork, and mountain of schoolwork coming your way in the near future so you have to prepare yourself. Make sure nothing that isn’t absolutely important or completely necessary is left over from last year, going into the New Year. If it’s the one thing you do, start the New Year off fresh. Turn a new page and embrace all of those cliché sayings. You do not want to have last year’s stressors hanging onto you in the New Year.
Anything you do keep over, prioritize. Make piles, put them in neat boxes and label them from most to least urgent. An organized space works hand in hand with an organized brain. At least, that’s what my mom always told me. After you’re done prioritizing your work, move on to yourself.
Wake up at the same time every morning
It will establish a routine and get you back into the swing of things. Start this at least three days before you’re to go back. It sucks, I know, but it works. Get yourself organized and the rest will follow. Also, invest in a stick on, dry erase calendar and put it somewhere very accessible. Why dry erase? You don’t have to keep flipping pages, and you can just quickly jot down monthly tasks. It’s very handy. Once you’ve gotten yourself organized, organize everything around you.
Clean the house, your room and your primary space
Personally, I can’t stand when everything is messy. But I am a very messy person, as many of my friends and family members will attest to.
I have to set aside an hour at the end of the week strictly for cleaning my apartment up. It’s either that or just keep it clean as I go (which would be much easier) but I have yet to settle into that mindset. So pick what works for you and just get it clean. It makes for a much more positive environment which will keep you in a better mood, and that will make getting your work done that much more bearable. Trust me, it works wonders.
It’s hard to leave the comfort of your bed and gain the motivation back to actually do work, believe me, I know. It’s tempting to just abandon it all and cocoon yourself up, watching Netflix for the rest of eternity. Reality will come knocking eventually, and following these tricks, I can guarantee you’ll be back on track in no time!