Getting back into the swing of things at work in Malta after a holiday can be quite daunting. Trying to get through a long list of unopened emails that have accumulated while you were away as well as catching up on new projects can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. Follow our tips below to ease back into work and get your motivation back when returning from a relaxing holiday.

Ease back into your routine

Feeling motivated on your first day back at work starts with some preparation beforehand. If you normally need to wake up early for work, ease into it slowly by setting your alarm clock earlier for a few days before you’re back at work. Preparing your lunch and clothes the night before you return to work, and ensuring that you have a good breakfast can help you feel more ready to face the day. Arriving slightly earlier at the office can also help you get a head-start on your to-do list and get going when it’s still fairly quiet.

Make a list and prioritise

Make a list of all the tasks which you need to complete in order of priority, categorising what is urgent and needs to be done as soon as possible, and what can wait until the following week. You can also break down big, overwhelming projects into smaller, manageable tasks. This will help you feel more organised and can make tasks feel less overwhelming. Ticking things off your list is a great way of helping you feel accomplished and motivated to get more done.


Reconnecting with the people you work with is a great way of helping you feel motivated and happy to be back at work. Discussing work and what went on while you were on holiday, as well as sharing any worries you may have can help take a weight off your shoulders and help you realise that you’re not alone in your workload. Planning to go out for a coffee during your lunch break and catching up with a colleague can also help you have something to look forward to.

Get rid of any distractions

Although it might be tempting to check your social media and message your friends on your first day back at work, getting distracted with social media, news and anything that is unrelated to work will make it difficult to focus your attention and get things done. Instead, make the most of your precious time at work by muting your phone in order to concentrate fully on the task at hand and try to schedule a short break in your day to help you recharge and increase your motivation.

Power through your first day

Ultimately, the best trick to beating the post-holiday blues is to power through your first few days back at work. Ignoring any distractions, working on your most urgent tasks and ticking things off your to-do list can help you feel motivated and accomplished, and remind you why you love your job.

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