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Beating the back to work blues

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03 Jan 2014

Happy New Year all! I hope that you all enjoyed the festive season and are looking forward to embracing 2014!

I always find it useful this time of year to refresh on some top tips of how to beat those back to work blues many of us can find ourselves tackling during the first few days of January:

1. Take it easy

Now if Jo Sellick asks I didn't say this but...

Ease your way back in. It is better to make a plan and start a to do list rather than just diving straight back in. It's always a good idea to keep the first day or two free of non-urgent meetings in order to catch up on your emails and make a plan of how best to start the day/week.

2. What can you do?

I always think about how I affect other people's day. If you are feeling the January blues chances are your colleagues are too. Just starting the day with a genuine smile and a few warm questions about their holiday can help set both of you up for a great, productive day. Also, why not take your full lunch allocation and go for a walk or even meet a colleague for a quick coffee? It will give you both something to look forward to and help break up the day.

3. Plan a trip/something to look forward to

It's an old favourite, but there is a lot to be said for planning your next trip away...even if it is just a long weekend away or an activity on a smaller scale, such as planning a trip to the cinema or tea with an old friend.

4. Exercise

Need I say more! We all know it makes us feel better. Just go home tonight and book into that local yoga class you've been meaning to look at, or even sign up to that half marathon! Once committed you will have to do something about it and it will help you to keep focused.

5. Do something about it

If it really is a new job that you are looking for, only you can make the first steps! Speak to a specialist recruiter or grab a note book, get on the internet and really commit some time to thinking about what it is that you want to do. If you are lucky enough to enjoy your current job and just recognise that it is simply a bit of the back to work blues, then look at a new project or spend a bit of time thinking about what motivates you in your current role - what are your goals for 2014?

If you do decide a new role is in the pipline, why not take a look at our current vacancies in the finance sector? Alternatively, sign up for job alerts to remain up to date with roles that are coming in, and never miss an opportunity again.

Good luck all and all the best for 2014.

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