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Sunday, 29 July 2018

How to go Back To Work after a Holiday | LINK UP

If you're anything like me, returning to work after a holiday (or any kind of break) is HARD.

I LOVE my blog but my other job is much less fulfilling.
I used to enjoy my '9-5' work but recently (in fact for a long while now) politics, pressures and lack of 'support' has made my job a real chore.

As a scientist, the lack of vision and forward thought is infuriating and I often resort to resigning myself to the circumstances.
Switching off my naturally questioning brain.
I have to surrender to the madness or I would go crazy!

I've worked some seriously crappy jobs in my time (I needed money and did whatever was available to make it) so I know it's not the WORK I dislike... it's everything else that goes with it.

You may be in the same boat as me?
Feeling bored and frustrated?
Taken for granted?

You may also feel trapped and that you can't do anything to help the situation?

In reality, we aren't always able to change our circumstances.
Sometimes looking for a new job is not a realistic option.

Maybe you can't change what's going on BUT, what you can change is your attitude to it.

1. Be Proud to HAVE a Job

Without sounding like a nag... please remember that having a job is a positive thing.
No matter how frustrating your job might be at the moment.
Ignore anyone who thinks to be jobless, and on benefits is an easy life.

Having a job not only gives you money, it gives you self-respect.
It sets a good example for your children.
It makes you feel like you're doing your bit to help keep the cogs turning.

Every job is important, and everyone does an important job.

2. Pick 3 things you Like about your Work Situation

This can be quite tricky but it doesn't have to be the actual job you do!

Mine are...

  • I appreciate the importance of my work and the fact I'm doing my bit (and my best) to help people who are unwell.
  • I love breaktimes! Getting peace and eating good food.
  • (some of) My colleagues are fun to be around.

When you're having a rotten time of it remind yourself of your 3.

3. Start Changing Things

It sounds obvious, but start looking for another job... if that is an option.
Even the process of looking will make you feel better.
There could be a chink of light at the end of the work tunnel.

If a new job is out of the question (for whatever reason) try and find a way to do something different at work.
A pet project.
A little niche you could slip into that plays to your strengths.
Find a way to do more of what you're good at.

4. Break your Day Down into Sections

This is the big one (for me) and stops my mind from going into meltdown.

I don't focus on:
"I've got to go to work tomorrow for 8 HOURS OF HELL!!"
I break it up into positive slices to ease the pain.

  • I take a really good coffee with me and sit outside for 10-15 minutes before I start, watching the world go by and catching up on my favourite blogs!
{We don't get a signal or WiFi at work}
  • I split the day into "Time between Breaks" and make sure I have something delicious to eat/drink for each time I away from my station. My bag is stuffed full of yummy things! I cherish each minute of downtime.
{Much as I love a good blether, I actually love going for breaks alone (when possible) to focus on relaxing and munching!}
  • I try to look for more challenging or time-consuming tasks... which is easy as most people avoid these. I love anything to do with maintenance and getting my hands in amongst the equipment. More difficult tasks make the working day go much quicker!
  • I always have something to look forward to at the end of the working day. This can be meeting a friend for a walk, a yoga class, watching a film with my husband, something delicious for dinner. They don't need to be big things and they help a lot. Tomorrow (Monday) I'm going to a Bodybalance class after work and I can't wait!

How do you feel about your day-to-day work?
Love it?
Hate it?
Tolerate it?

Maybe you're a stay-at-home-mum of young children? How do you get through your working day with its long hours and zero breaks?

Maybe you're retired and fill your day with things you LOVE to do?

Maybe you moved from a job you hate to your dream job??

I'd love to hear all about it... and any tips you have for getting through a crappy day.



  1. I block out an hour at lunchtime and go for a walk. I started this to get in training for a long walk in the Lake District but now I look forward to them. A bonus is that there's s big superstore on one of my routes, so I can pick up a few groceries!

    1. That's a great idea Gail... I would love to do that but I don't get enough time to eat AND walk. XXX

  2. I hope you feel rested after your week off Samantha. I'm seriously thinking about taking some time out too.xx

  3. Great survival tips! I always break my day into chunks with something exciting or fun at the end of each chunk. It's also, as you say Samantha, having the mindset to find happiness xx

    1. I'm so glad you agree that a positive mental attitude is the best way to cope with anything... although my PMA was MIA today!!! XXX

  4. Those are some really great ideas about how to re-frame going back to work after a holiday. It's always so tough to get back into the swing of things.

    1. It IS tough... there are so many people tripping over their faces at my work at the moment! :o(

  5. Samantha, another thought provoking post. I have always been a big advocate of “if you don’t like the situation, change it”. And now after 8 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I am about to re-eneter the work force and it is scary, indeed. I am afraid I will be bored. I am afraid I will get frustrated. I am afraid of scheduling conflicts. And the list goes on...But it must be done...we have run out our time as a single income family. Wish me luck!


    1. You'll be fine Shelbee... any mum will agree that being a mum means you have all the skills you need to run the company, let alone work for it!

  6. I know it must be hard to go back after a break. i haven't taken one in about a year- as far as blogging goes and I will be when we vacation in Oct. When I taught, I tried to enjoy the lunch break outside, and now, as I am home, I try and break up the day with exercise, sitting outside etc.
    jess xx

    1. I LOVE sitting outside too Jess... it feels so restorative, even just 10 minutes is enough to drop the shoulders a little! XXX

  7. I really enjoy my job and appreciate it has great benefits and is a very encouraging and supportive environment. I liked the tips you had to share and will try to incorporate a few of them.

    1. You're lucky Jennie! I so pleased you really enjoy your work. XXX

  8. Altough I've been retired for about 7 years I can still recall those times when my work felt like a job. As a middle school teacher I only needed to BE with those crazy, beautiful, hopeful, energetic, and needy fourteen year olds during the homeroom period each morning to reconnect with my "heartfelt mission". I can honestly say that the largest percentage of my work frustrations were generated by shortsighted and insensitive administrative policy making.
    In retirement I frequently find myself looking for opportunities to connect with young people. I miss their influence on my life perspective. I think that our work needs to contain some validation of our humanity and purpose.

    1. I can understand that Judy!
      Being around young people keeps our feet planted in the present and keeps us up to date.

  9. I'm not able to work anymore because of my lungdisease, but when I did I loved it! I absolute loved my job and could never imagine that people go to their job every day and hated it! It's fantastic to be able to work!

    1. Gosh Nancy... I can relate to your perspective.
      When you can't work but want to... being out of work is horrible... it's no walk in the park!
      I miss that feeling of looking forward to going into my work.
      Maybe it will return?
      I'm guessing your blog must keep you sane?!

  10. I’ve been a teacher for 25 years. When I began I loved it. Now, I hate it, and it has nothing to do with the kids, and everything to do with the politicians that run schools as a competitive business. But, I am planning my escape.

    1. I've heard that a lot ... and it's SO sad.
      The job is great but it's the cr*p that goes along with it that drags you down.... where is your escape hatch leading you???

  11. great advice about how to manage work after holiday (how to manage work everyday, actually!). I enjoy my mid-morning coffee break, I have some fav activities to wait at the end of the working day, but my best advice is to focus on what you're good at in your office and feel satisfied every time you nail it!
    Even the best jobs have a bad side or have to go through a difficult moment, but I agree: I have a job! and that's fab!

    1. Your'e right Monica!!
      Work can be like a marriage... ups and downs along the way.
      I hope I'm not heading for divorce :oP

  12. Scientist?! I'm a little embarrassed to reveal that I don't know what you *actually* do for a living, Samantha! Do tell!

    Good tips for getting through the day. I can always use those! Lately, I feel I live for breaks. There's a shady parking lot at the building next to ours, and most days I just drive over there, roll the windows down (someday young people will say "what does "roll the windows down" mean" as now they're all powered by buttons!) and enjoy the shade and maybe a breeze. I'll do a 5 or 10-minute meditation, watch a youtube video, listen to an audio book, anything that disconnects me from the situation I've just been in for the past x hours. And I like taking lunch as late in the day as possible so by the time I come back to the office there's just about an hour left before I'm FREE!!!

    Hope we all have a better day today!


    1. Thats a great idea Bettye... drive off and hide for a wee while!

      I'm a Biomedical Scientist. I test blood, Urine, Spinal Fluid and other bits and bobs.

  13. After a long period of working in jobs that were necessary but not particularly filling me with things (other than a paycheck) that improved my life, I learned to not expect that within my paid work role. But it was helpful to know *what* it wasn't providing (rather than vague "I don't like my job" complaints) so that I could actively seek unpaid ways to increase what I was missing. I think sometimes we pour so many expectations into how we earn our money that we forget that we have an abundance of ways to find good social experiences, intellectual challenges, work that does good for the world, opportunities to collaborate or be a leader (whatever things we find lacking while 'on the clock') - separating money compensation from compensation for my time in those other ways let me take on some less interesting jobs for the income, and greatly enriched the quality of my nonpaid time. And eventually, it led me to have an excellent understand of what qualities to look for in a job as well, and I was able to seek and get the work that suited me better. Great when it happens - but we can still construct that life balance by not regarding the job as the conduit to everything we are looking for. ~ Lynda

    1. That's a great point Lynda!
      I know a few people who hate their job but still do overtime and extra hours for the money. Not that they need it, it's just they're used to spending it!
      I've been poor and know what it's like not to have money. To worry about how I was going to buy ingredients for dinner so now I work for 'just enough' and no more.
      Money is NOT everything.
      The more you have the more you spend.
      We always live to our means don't we?


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