- Long weekends offer people an opportunity to kick back and relax.
- Business Insider spoke with several productivity and work experts to get tips on how to bounce back from a long weekend.
- They recommended hitting the ground running on your first day back.
When you're coming back from some time off and you have a shorter week to get everything done, it usually helps to hit the ground running.
With that in mind, here are six things that successful people do first when they return from long weekend.
They get up early
When it comes to some holidays, almost everyone has time off. So you won't be falling behind by showing up to work at your usual time.
But getting up early and coming in before your regular time is a good idea, too. The office will be quiet and you can get started on what you might have missed.
"That will mitigate the workload avalanche and give you a head start, sans distraction," Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of " Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," told Business Insider.
They scrutinize their to-do lists
As Business Insider's Shana Lebowitz previously reported, many of our daily tasks aren't essential. And no one will notice if we stop doing some of them.
Being away from work for a few days often gives us a fresh perspective on the tasks that are actually fulfilling and necessary, and those that are totally boring. Eliminate the ones that don't serve you or your colleagues any purpose.
"Now that you've spent a good bit away from your desk, you have tangible proof that those tasks you're always putting off aren't holding up your ceiling," freelance reporter Kevin Purdy wrote in Fast Company.
They double-check their schedules
Don't forget to double-check your schedule. Remember, you'll likely be dealing with a shortened work week. Don't try to cram too many items into your weekly schedule, or you might wind up burning yourself out.
They check in with people
If you're back from a national holiday, odds are most of your coworkers and clients will be in the same boat as you.
Still, it's not a bad idea to check in.
"Take the time to connect with one or two clients to let them know they're top of mind with you and that you're back if they need anything," Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of " The Humor Advantage," told Business Insider. "It's a simple customer service touch point that can make a big impression."
What's more, if the long weekend ate up a Monday — a popular day for meetings— schedule in some time for your team and direct reports to meet up, even if it's just for a few minutes. You want to make sure everyone's on the same page now that you're all back in the office.
They organize their inbox
Beware of spending too much time responding to the emails you missed over the weekend.
"It's easy to get sucked into the vortex of responding to every email without considering whether it's the best use of your time on the first day back," Kerr said. "Don't confuse email activity with productive work, so be strategic and only respond to emails that are time sensitive."
They focus on work
It's important to be able to shut off your " work brain" over long weekends. You want to enjoy your time off, after all.
It's equally important to snap back into a work-oriented mindset when you return to the office. Successful people are able to make the switch and avoid any unproductive dillydallying after a long weekend.
They incorporate the positive learnings from their long weekends
Hopefully, you spent your long weekend engaging in healthy practices like meditation, exercise, and exploring hobbies.
You'll have less time as the work week ramps up to, say, spend 30 minutes a day meditating. But you can devote a smaller amount of time — for instance, five or 10 minutes of meditation — to ensure you still reap the benefits from these healthy activities.