4. Cross Your T’s and Dot Your I’s—Every good scout knows to always have close at hand whatever tools he or she needs to tackle any foreseeable challenge. But how about you? Are you prepared?
“Is your contact list clean and up to date?” asks Rigie. “Do you have the necessary apps installed on your smartphone, tablet, and/or computer, and have they all been updated to the most recent versions? Is your schedule handy and accurate? Make sure you have everything you need to start the month efficiently and effectively, rather than spending your first few days getting systems in order.”
5. Get in Touch with Your Colleagues—Often, we aren’t in regular contact with our team or coworkers during the summer months. Vacations, days off, and lightened workloads often result in less frequent communication. So why not reach out and reestablish contact with important coworkers before you get back to the office?
“Make a quick call or shoot them a brief email,” advises Harmeyer. “Try to do your personal ‘catching up’ before you return to the office, so that you can all be optimally productive and focused from the get-go.”