Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – you’ve just shaken the last grains of sand from your shoes and packed the suitcases back in the loft when you’re hit by an overwhelming sense of dread. In just a matter of hours, you’ll have to return to work; dealing with clients and chasing leads and prospects.
But even though there’s targets to reach and calls to be made, you can’t quite get back in the swing of things – your mind is still abroad while your body is sat at work.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone – most of us struggle to jump back into a productive sales routine after a relaxing holiday.
So here’s 6 ways to fight off those back to work blues and get your head back in the game.
1. Get on top of things
One of the downsides of sales and lead generation is that it’s mostly done in a seated workspace – which research has proven has disastrous consequences for our overall fitness and wellbeing.
And fitness has tangible benefits on sales performance – according to researchers, 79% of workers feel that their mental and interpersonal performance was vastly improved on the days they exercised.
Don’t let your desk job stop you from working out – here are three exercises you can do at the office.
2. Eat brain-boosting food
In the fast-paced sales environment, sharp thinking is vital if you’re going to secure a client.
Like any athlete, it’s about eating the right foods to give you that winning edge. A poor diet can cause a 20% drop in productivity, as well as lowering your mood and concentration.
Keeping the right snacks at your desk could be the difference between feeling disengaged and running a hot streak.
3. Inspire yourself
So how to transfer all that positive holiday energy into your work? By keeping the happy memories fresh.
Studies by Thomas Gilovich, a Cornell professor of psychology, have shown that as memories of great experiences are embellished upon in our memory, they make us happier over the long term.
By sharing experiences and happy memories, you can keep yourself inspired.
4. Plan your weekly activities
By planning ahead for your return, you can prioritise your workload and any targets for the month ahead. Write down your goals and remove anything that could possibly distract you.
Research has shown that distractions and interruptions can waste up 28% of a working day.
5. Maintain a positive work-life balance
With all of the stresses and strains of sales work, it’s important to be set clear barriers between your personal and professional lives.
According to surveys, as many as 40% of workers feel as though they don’t have a good work-life balance. The net result of this is poor performance at work – with lower productivity, higher stress levels and greater absenteeism.
6. Plan your next holiday
While you work towards sales targets, you should set yourself personal ones as well – like working towards your next holiday. Having a personal stake in performing well at work improves motivation and happiness – studies show that the effect of vacation anticipation can potentially boost happiness for up to 8 weeks.
Preparing yourself for your return to work after a holiday is important, but the best way to beat the back to work blues is to have another holiday planned or booked to look forward to.