RISK AND PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP: Beat the post-summer holiday blues

With September comes back to school and back to work. Here are some tips to help you get back on track after saying goodbye to the sun and downtime:

  • Consider shorter days for the first week or two, and match work with your natural rhythms. If you’re a morning person, go in early and tackle the challenging tasks right away. If you are an afternoon person, consider more administrative work when you first go in: reviewing email, calendaring deadlines and meetings, etc.
  • Edit emails to keep them concise and on point; write what you want the recipient to do or think rather than what you want to say.
  • Do not schedule too many meetings when you first return to work. From meetings come action items and you want to make a smooth transition back to the office.
  • Make a “to do” list at the beginning of the week and stick to it! You will feel more productive and it will help you organize your workload and stay on task.
  • Put down the smartphone! Distractions come in many forms but you want to minimize the biggest offenders until you fall back into your work rhythm.

Taking time away from work is essential to productivity, job fulfillment and your own well-being. These tips will help prevent you from undoing all the benefits you enjoyed during the summer months. Welcome back!

If you have any questions on these or any other risk- or practice-related matters, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel with the Risk and Practice Management Program, at sgerrard@lians.ca or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

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