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A holiday break is supposed to be just that—a break—and promising to stay off your email can actually make you more productive when you come back. While unplugging feels great during your break, though, it can also make you feel in over your head when you get back to work. To avoid feeling frazzled on your first day back, get a head start while you’re still on break, says psychologist Ariane Machin, PhD, founder of Conscious Coaching Collective. “Separate yourself from your family and give yourself 30 minutes to go through your email inbox,” says Dr. Machin. “That would alleviate a lot of anxiety for the next day.” The trick is to limit yourself to that short chunk of time so you aren’t distracted by email notifications when you’re supposed to be relaxing. Here are 10 more mistakes that make you look bad at the office.
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Getting back to your desk after a week off can put you in panic mode when you remember everything you need to accomplish. While you’re away for the holiday, plan the first three things you’ll do the morning you get back, suggests executive coach Lori Scherwin, founder of career fulfillment firm Strategize That. “Knowing what is next can make it easier to disconnect and find peace when away as you will already know what you are coming back to,” she says.