How to get back to work without the setup time

How to get back to work without the setup time

Every year history repeats itself: after the holiday period the body does not want to go back to the routine and good habits seem to have been lost in the weeks of a "dolce far niente". It is assumed that the yield varies between lows in the restart period but, fortunately, there are simple tips that allow you to dispel this effect effortlessly.

The lower the setup time, the greater the capacity to produce more. And this is applicable to any process or context. Stopping is synonym of lost productivity and, consequently, money. Now make the analogy to the management of surgical interventions in an operating room. In this case, the set-up time is defined as the period necessary to guarantee all the activities that allow to start a new surgery immediately after the previous one. This includes cleaning the room, preparing utensils, replacing consumables, anaesthesia to the patient and transportation to the appropriate place. However, none of them has real added value. All procedures before and after the medical act are, in the patient's view, wasteful. Therefore, the reduction of the time spent in these actions will translate into a shorter waiting period for the patient and for the clinicians, as well as an optimization of the spaces highlighted for this purpose and a consequent increase in the number of people subject to surgery.

Managing your work life after holiday adaptation can be viewed from the same perspective. Preparing to return to work should take place before even the holidays start and it is easy to understand why. In the first instance, it is necessary to centralize efforts in the optimisation or in elimination of non-core tasks, as well as in the prevention of potential problems.

Start by planning. Good planning will allow you to be clear about the key themes in the first few weeks back to everyday life. The more detailed your plan will be, the greater the commitment to your agenda. Prioritise and select the focus areas.

Then direct your attention to define it. Check all the necessary work sessions one week before your holiday starts. Send the calls, make the agendas explicit, and discuss the meeting goals with the stakeholders themselves. In this way, any doubts that arise are clarified before your break period and, if any adjustments are necessary, you still have the opportunity to revisit the subject. Avoid surprises.

Finally, the word of order must be turned off. If you guarantee the two points above, you will have everything under control and take part in the actual rest will be guaranteed much easier. Dedicate yourself and your family. Do not treat vacations as a waste, but as a personal investment. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang presents a series of studies that prove that rest periods have a direct influence on increasing the creativity of workers. If you’re doing so, you will come back with new ideas and greater motivation for future challenges. Turn off without worry.

Employing these three steps you will be, inherently, closer to your goal. Cruising speed should be reached on the first day. No excuses and disruptive ideas.


“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort. “

Paul J. Meyer

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