Maybe you’re taking a break from your consulting practice entirely this week. Or, perhaps just enjoying a lazy schedule with fewer client demands, lighter hours and higher stacks of festive chocolates.
Either way, settling back into work can feel like waking up from a mid-afternoon nap— groggy, uninspired, and unproductive.A holiday hangover quickly deflates your high hopes of launching your consulting firm into the new year with vim and vigor. Prepare a little, though, and you’ll swap those blahs for huzzahs.
Right now, before you jump into full-speed consulting leadership use the three steps below to make a plan for your consulting firm’s post-holiday reentry.
Lighten the Load
List all the tasks that absolutely, without question, must get done the first three days you’re back from vacation.
Your first shot at compiling this list will include tasks that aren’t actually must-dos. Set those aside. They’re extra weight that you can pick up once you’re zooming down the consulting fast lane again.
Spot the Energizers
From your must-do list, select three tasks that you’re looking forward to. Work you deeply enjoy and can get lost in. This is the type of work that gets your intellectual motor humming.
Limit the Administrivia
Today, block out time on the first three days back for one of your Energizer tasks on each day. Start the block forty-five minutes after you start your day. That first three-quarters of an hour is for you to check voicemails, respond to emails and handle other, non-productive, administrative flotsam. No more. And don’t let your start time for Energizers slip. They’re your ticket back.
What else have you done to catapult your consulting practice into high productivity when you return from a break?
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