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‘Tis the season to be jolly” and take a break, wind down and refresh.

It can be a struggle to refocus once you return to work for obvious reasons. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours isn’t half as much fun as laying in the sun with a good book, or watching DVDs in your pyjamas. But getting your groove back is a necessity, and there are a few tips to help with the transition from beach to office.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

That first morning you wake to the alarm is going to be hard, so try not to be tempted to stay in bed too long and go into work at the last minute. Some time alone to regroup, check voice messages, open any mail and start on the inbox, before the rest of the team arrives, will help you feel organised and in control. Your first week back can be hectic, so this isn’t the week to schedule important meetings or commence big projects. Try to catch up on tasks left over from before your break and leave the hard stuff until next week.

Share your holiday stories with your co-workers and reconnect before you return to the business of goals and targets. How often do we hear people say they felt like they never relaxed and that the holiday is a distant memory within days of returning. Relish the memories of the sun, or the snow, depending how you spent the holidays, so you can knuckle down and work towards the next adventure!

Get back into a routine, or if you don’t have one, take the opportunity to create new habits. If you feel fresher in the morning, this might be the ideal time to work on new projects, make sales calls or tackle the jobs where you need extra concentration. Afternoons might be best used for administrative tasks that require less creativity. While you are playing catch up, it can be tempting to push hard, not take breaks and stay back late. Make sure you eat lunch every day, preferably at the same time, and leave on time if you can. Organisation and a fresh focus will be your friend.

Touch base with your co-workers on any joint projects, and see what work is outstanding or requires a higher priority. Getting your bearings will help you identify where to start and what direction you need to focus your energy, which is just the boost you need.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Simple pleasures will help you make the holiday feeling last, especially on your first day back. Pick up a coffee from your favourite café on the way into work, or pack yourself a special lunch. Returning to work doesn’t have to happen with a thud.

If you over-indulged over the break, as we often do, getting active, taking a walk before work or even at lunch, or hitting the gym to start the day will help restart and re-energise your mind as well as your body.

Returning to work after a break is inevitable, so you might as well embrace it and enjoy the fresh start. Every extra day is one day closer to your next break so why not start planning now. We work to live not live to work!

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We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.  Stay safe over the holidays and we will see you back here in the new year.

Merry Christmas from Admin Bandit.

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mugAs the end of year makes its way towards us, the festive season is kicking in and the office is winding down in cahoots with it, a sense of camaraderie and team spirit is at the fore.

HR departments and managers are encouraging the spirit of giving and organising Kris Kringles between the staff.

It is a tradition that can be fraught with disaster, offence taken, or simply an inherent lack of apathy in respect to the concept when a lack-of-thought gift is given and/or received.

The whole idea needn’t be so bad for anyone, and it is really nice to receive something thoughtful, appropriate, practical, or that you’ll appreciate.

Kris Kringle in an office environment, although it may seem clichéd, can be a positive experience as your co-workers essentially know what you do all day and really can’t go terribly wrong with an workplace related gift.

Coffee mugs are always a handy thing to have. No doubt someone uses yours, or it has become chipped or cracked, if not dropped and shattered. A funny coffee mug will put a smile on your dial, and will let everyone know that it belongs to you.

A coaster or two, to keep the coffee rings and water marks off your desk is also practical, useful and smile-inducing.

cowPost it and other notes and notepads are another item that you simply cannot go without.  Not only are they a useful item for many situations, you always need them. They make a great Kris Kringle gift, because they meet the criteria, and they can brighten up the workplace over the next few months.

If the next few weeks are looking to be a little stressful, any number of stress balls and similar items are not only a nice, fun gift, they do wonders for your stress levels. Some have better stress-relieving qualities than others, of course, like this Popping Peepers Cow; squeeze it till its eyes pop out and feel like you’ve really got what’s bothering you out of your system.

Another stress relieving item/boredom busting gift is a Magnetic Sculpture. Fiddle and create whilst you’re being talked at, or use it as a great way to procrastinate as needed.

These would be great Kris Kringle gifts to be on the receiving end of. What about you? Does your office do Kris Kringle?

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We wish you all the best for the festive season and hope that you manage to find some time to relax and recharge before you head back to work in 2014.

Happy holidays to you all.

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xmas1Merry Christmas to you.  May you be safe and happy during the holiday season.   Enjoy your holidays and refresh your energies for the New Year.

See you in 2013.

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I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of my friends, colleagues and associates a very happy festive season and all the best for the New Year and beyond.

Thank you for following me throughout the year and I look forward to us learning and growing together.

Merry Christmas!

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