Last year at this time, I was visiting a company for a leadership-coaching meeting with a client. As we talked, the holidays naturally came up. As the meeting progressed, it became apparent my client was tired from the holidays, stressed about his yearly need to set goals and concerned about his workload.
Consequently, the meeting was challenging as we were deviating from a fairly time sensitive agenda. We decided together to spend some time getting back “in-sync”. Working on goals without focus or awareness would not have been as effective.
Therefore, we went to work with writing down some notes, spending time processing and letting go of a challenging holiday with family and writing down notes and planning.
Based on the client’s feedback, he saw this meeting as a critical turning point and gained crucial tools to gain focus and clarity. Although our meeting was just the starting point, for him to become consistent at self-care, the holidays or post holidays, were good opportunities to start these changes.
The winter holiday season is a good time to reconnect with family and friends. It’s an opportunity for time off to travel, relax and regroup before returning to work in the New Year. It’s also a time to overeat, stop exercising and feel exhausted and stressed. Where do you fit in the above examples?
If you’re entering your job this week relaxed, focused and ready to take on anything that comes your way, congratulations! You are one of the few individuals who returns from this time-off energized!
If we look at the “how do you feel this week returning from the holidays continuum”, most of us fit somewhere in the middle. I know that January will bring distracted clients, burned out employees and low levels of energy from people returning from time off. For myself, I won’t be able to listen and problem solve as effectively as I would like.
So, why not attempt a new method to take pressure off of ourselves. Let’s try a different approach to recovering and re-energizing from the post holiday blues. Instead of putting more pressure on ourselves to set goals, lose weight, exercise more, have better time management, make more money, etc., let’s focus on what it takes to get back in sync. Once we come from a place of calmness and greater clarity, then we will have greater success achieving the above goals and behavioral changes.
Getting Back in Sync:
- Spend a 10 minutes alone upon waking visualizing your day. Make sure you’re breathing fully as you see yourself interacting with others at work, evaluating projects, eating healthy food and drinking water to sustain your energy. See yourself taking a walk at lunch or after work alone, with family or friends.
- Choose 2 of the most important things for you to get done that day and go for it. Spend as much time as it takes with breaks every hour or so.
- Give yourself a few minutes to think from the heart. Who and what are you grateful for at this time.
- Before leaving work your first few days back, develop or revise your To Do List. Gain perspective and be able to see your plan to get things done.
- After your first week back at work, set-aside time for achieving goals. Think of 2% change instead of 100% make-over. Be realistic and enjoy the process!
Welcome Back and Here’s to a Great New Year!