How can we maintain a happy relationship with time when we return to work? How can we ensure that work gets done on time, and there is still plenty of mental space and time left over to retain at least a glimmer of the relaxed person we became during the holidays?
In 2015 I went to a talk by Angela Cheruseo where she recommended doing your work as efficiently as possible, so there is more free time for other parts of your life. "Quality of time on high value tasks is important; whereas quantity of time on relationships is what's important."
Angela's recommends having a plan for each day. List everything you want to get done, then give it a label:
A = must do today
B = should do today
C = good to do today, but not important
D = don't need to do today.
Then take the A list, and number these actions in the order of priority, and then do the same for the B list. Possibly don't even bother with the C and D lists - just accept that there will always be more things to do than can be done today. She says "single-minded completion of a task is the greatest time management technique. It will double your productivity, you will be more successful, and your work will be under control."
If there's something that's important to do, that you are resisting for some reason, prioritise it for the start of the day. If you leave it until later, you will have less energy to overcome your resistance.
I'm planning to stick one of these tricky tasks at the top of my daily list more often in 2016 (in my current state of January optimism!).