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Holiday Hangover…Time to Get Back to It

Guest Post by Jen Malik

It’s easy getting into the routine of staying up later, getting up later, eating (a lot of) yummy food and hanging out with family and friends, isn’t it? But sooner than we’d hope, the reality hits. The holiday is just about over and as it stands now, there are just a couple of days before we’re back to the usual grind. Sigh.

The kids go back to school, Dad goes back to work and I’ve got to get into my usual routine. Problem is, none of us really want to. :-(

But alas, we don’t have much say in the matter.
If you’re in a similar boat, take heart…you aren’t alone. And maybe some of these tips will help.

Going Back to Work:

Take it easy in the next couple of days. If you’ve been going non-stop with visits with family and other obligations, clear your calendar now. It’s time to get some relax time in now before heading back to the ol’ grind.

Get the house back in order. Okay, this is contradictory to taking it easy, but if you’ve got a clean house, laundry done, decorations put away, you won’t be worrying about those things when you get back to work.  If you’re really ambitious, make preparations for your meals over the next few days.

The night before, get your clothes, lunch, purse and keys ready. That way, when you’re a zombie in the morning, you know you’ve got all these little details taken care of. It can make a world of difference to your morning routine.

On your first day, don’t expect too much of yourself. If you’ve been away and others have been in the office, take the time to go through your email, see what happened and put together an action plan. Don’t wear yourself out by staying too late. You can get back to it tomorrow.

Going Back to School:

A few days before returning to school, get the kids back into their usual night time and morning routines. Bed times should return back to normal (probably for you too – start setting your alarm again).

Talk to the kids about school. Get them excited about seeing their friends again, taking their favorite classes and other things they like about school.

On the first day back, give yourself a little extra time and avoid the snooze button. Snoozing will just make you sleepier and everyone will be rushed and stressed. That’s no way to end the holiday.

With all that in mind, I’m off to finish all those loads of laundry that have been piling up. Now that it’s 2010, I’m hoping someone will invent “self-washing, drying, folding and putting away” clothes. Seems like a good idea to me. Anyone?