Tips for a smoother return to work.

The holidays are over, responsibilities are coming. Going back to work in September makes some people kind of depressed, but others set new goals and create professional expectations as if it were a brand new year.

To encourage their readers, The Telegraph has interviewed five experts who offered some advice on how to deal with this new cycle in the best possible way.

Octavius Black, Mind Gym CEO and co-author of The Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently

1. Organize your work according to your natural rhythm: tackle the most challenging tasks at the times you are likely to be at your best. If you're a morning person, don't start by going through your emails. Save them for a less productive moment of the day.

2. Rethink your meetings: before scheduling a meeting, try to know beforehand the issues you will address and what it requires from you. Meetings are supposed to be decision-making events. If you prepare the meeting in advance, it may take about 15 minutes only.

3. Set goals: every Monday, decide on three goals you want to achieve by the end of the week. If you hold to your plan, you’ll stand a much better chance of achieving those goals.


Kerry Hannon, columnist for The New York Times and author of Love Your Job: the New Rules for Career Happiness

1. Take the power: think of yourself as an entrepreneur, and of your career as a one-person business. Imagine that your company has a brand, customers and bosses. Learn about the trends and find new ways to add value to your company.

2. Smile, always smile: try to get along with all your co-workers. Stay away from friction. Smile more. Friendly and cheerful people are usually more engaged in their jobs.

3. Focus on what you like the most: think of the things you really love about your job. Then talk to your boss and tell them you'd like to spend more time doing those things. Don't be nervous about asking this. Your boss usually wants you to succeed, for at the end of the day a happy worker leads to a successful company.

4. Organize your desk: remove all superfluous and unnecessary things.


Anna Rasmussen, leadership coach and founder of Open Method Blend, a business app that works to keep key talent in the workplace

1. Prioritize your wellbeing: if you don't feel comfortable at your workplace, you won't be productive. All this relates to your stress levels, confidence, and sense of security. Identify and prioritize everything that contributes to your wellbeing.


David Heinemeier Hansson is the founder of the project-management tool Basecamp, and the co-author of ReWork: Change the Way you Work Forever

1. Don't work so much: persuade yourself that a workaholic is not a hero. If all you do is work, you'll get tired. And it's hard to make important decisions in that condition. Overworking is an obstacle to sustainable, top-notch productivity.

2. Don't put off decisions for tomorrow: don't pile up important decisions. Let go of the "Let's think about it" and adopt "Let's decide on it." Commit to that.

3. Know when to quit: sometimes you just need to step back, give up, and start all over again. Many success stories start this way.


After these experts' advice, we just want to wish you a great return to work and great business deals. Ship4you will be here to help you achieve your success!