AFTER a fun-filled year-end holiday, you may not be too excited at the thought of going back to work. And who can blame you — with pressing deadlines, accumulated paperwork and workplace stress all part and parcel of your job.

Having a positive attitude is a great way to kickstart your work routine in 2013. Here are some useful tips to help you ease your way back to the workplace.

Change for the better

Holidays give you enough headspace to re-evaluate where you’re at — and where you want to be. While it is important to relax and let go of work, it can pay to take some time to think about your work goals and priorities and look self-critically at whether you could adjust your working style and behaviour to ensure you reach your goals and remain happy in the workplace. How could you change for the better?

Take another day off

If you have travelled a long way from home during your holidays, buffering in an extra day off can aid your recovery and help you to prepare physically — and mentally — for your first day back. It will let you truly focus on the tasks at hand.

Prioritise your tasks

When you know you have a lot of work to do, you may be tempted to dive into the detail without taking a step back to look at the bigger picture. This can mean you are focusing on things that could waste your time. It is helpful to make a to-do list as soon as you get in the office, and prioritise your work tasks accordingly.

Stay focused

With your mind still reeling from the recent holiday buzz, you may find it difficult to focus on the task at hand. It is important to note that procrastinating gets you nowhere. The more you let your work pile up, the harder it will be to shake off those post-holiday blues. Take it one step at a time and remain focused.

Plan the next holiday

Planning and scheduling your next holiday will give you something to look forward to. It will help keep you excited and put you into a positive mindset about being back at work. Having something to look forward to will also give you some form of an incentive to be back at work — holidays don’t pay for themselves!

Implementing these tips during the first week of your return can help you chase away those post-holiday blues and remain productive and happy at work.