I am sure many people pressed snooze a number of times this morning in an attempt to delay the return to work. This is always a fairly bleak time of year straight after the festive season, still with dark nights and feeling like it will be a long time until summer.
When I arrived at work today it was clear that many people had chosen to take an extra day off to delay the return to work, or possibly for childcare reasons.
It is very easy to succumb to negative thoughts about the return to work and to long for the free time that the festive period usually brings. But perhaps you should really consider why you are unhappy about returning to work. Don’t get me wrong I don’t love every minute of every day at work, but I was quite happy to be back in the office today. The bottom line is that I actually still enjoy my work and you might not believe it but I got up and felt no sadness about going back in.
We spend quite a large percentage of our lives in work or involved in work related activity. It is essential that we can find something to enjoy about what we do and at least feel comfortable with the idea about return to work after a holiday break.
The start of the new year gets people thinking and reflecting on their current life. They consider changing things, starting new things or doing something different. It is useful to do this when heading into a new year as it makes us feel we can wipe the slate clean and start again.
So if you really didn’t want to go back into work today maybe you need to take a long look at what you are doing and question whether it is what you really want to be doing. Is it time for a change so that you can want to go into work after a holiday?