Tips for getting over that post-vacation malaise and getting productive

I always come back from a vacation with a bit of malaise. I took my foot off the gas pedal of my work life and now I gotta go from zero to sixty. If you are experiencing the same on this Tuesday, some of my tips for jumpstarting your productivity today.

  1. Do a braindump. Write down everything you need to do both personally and professionally. Efficiency expert Ari Meisel often talks about maintaining this ‘external brain.’ I write everything down in a notebook. This way, as I make my way to step 2, I have a complete list to prioritize. It also helps me to understand what I can get done later in the day when my energy levels are zapped versus the really important stuff.
  2. Prioritize. The most successful people in the world list the 6 things they need to do the next day and rank them in order of importance 1-6. Spend the first 90 minutes of the day doing the task you are avoiding the most. Time management author Laura Vanderkam talks about how we wake up each morning with a reserve tank of will power. That depletes over the course of the day. This is why most folks cheat on their diets at dinner time. Remember that when you are procrastinating on that one thing you need to do. And do it first!
  3. Is this going to make me money? Angela Lee, founder of 37 Angels, was a guest speaker at LadyDrinks a few months ago. She said something pro found to really whittle down a to-do list: Always ask yourself when looking at a task, “Is this going to make my business money?” If the answer is ‘no,’ then there is your answer while prioritizing your list.
  4. Break big tasks into smaller ones. Sometimes, ‘writing a book’ is an overwhelming task. Just ask me. I’ve been sitting on a book contract for two years. But I hired an editor to keep me accountable. Each week she creates a bullet pointed list of parts of the book that she wants me to flesh out further or explain ‘in scene.’ This is a far more achievable process than “write a book.”

I hope this helps you jumpstart your Tuesday! Remember this Friday, LadyDrinks is headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a private tour. Docent Margaret Samu of the Parsons School of Design will lead us on an hour tour of how fashion has evolved through the ages. RSVP here.

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