Beating the Back to Work Blues

Happy New Year! I know you work in tourism, but you might be lucky enough to have had some time off over this silly season. Coming back to work after any holiday is always tough. I love my work, my clients, and my team yet honestly, I still get those holiday blues.

I thought these tips might be helpful to get you back in the zone, focused, and ready for work.

First things first, I’m a big fan of the brain dump.

Particularly now at the start of a new year. Make sure you’re armed with a pen, paper, or iPad, whatever your thing is for keeping track of ideas, notes, to-do, goals, inspiration, etc.

Step 1. Brain dump

Get everything out of your head. Personal and professional. If you’re heading back to work and there is still a lot of personal ‘stuff’ on your mind, it feels frustrating perhaps if it’s not done, achieved, and still lingering. Remember it’s ‘taking up space’ in your brain…. So get it out and onto paper.

Step 2. Prioritise

A first hour back at work, first morning, day 1, day 2, and so on. Use the 4D’s technique if you’re a bit stuck. What needs delegating, deleting/dumping, delaying (put in your calendar for later), or is it time to just do it?

Step 3. Goal Set

Have you and the team actually got a clear road map for 2023? Many businesses finished the year scrambling, limping in, and just getting done what had to be done. Get the team engaged, and reconnected with activities like brainstorming, brain dumping, goal setting, etc. If you’re missing some, that’s ok, you could use this as a January version for those that are in, and then you have another one in February. This month can be weird in some businesses with peak tourism season, people taking holidays, looking after kids, in and out. However never underestimate the value of reconnecting, using a blank canvas, whiteboard, or butcher’s paper to nut out the weeks, months, and years ahead.

Step 4. Breathe

This is my fave technique for staying focused and when the negative feelings start to circle whether, in my head or my physiology, I catch it straight away with some good breathing, the slower the better, slow breath in and an even longer breath out. There is lots more to breathing and the benefits to our mind, productivity, and performance. More on that another day.

Once again, Happy New Year! Enjoy getting back to work and let me know which of these tips helps you the most!


Reach out if you want to talk about priorities and your 2023 Tourism Leadership Plan.

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