Back to Work Tips

Getting back to work during Labor Day week feels like a sea change. The news of the sea actually changing, in the guise of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, adds all kinds of distraction to our already distracted and reluctant to get back to work minds. In this blog post, we will explore ways to get focused and get back to work in healthy, productive ways.

If you’re like me, you won’t be able to focus until you’ve done something for all those people who are struggling in the face of hurricane devastation. So, do something!

Every one from the Red Cross to National Public Radio to the military recommends against self-deployment (in other words don’t hop into your car or boat and head down to Texas or the Caribbean). And according to the Red Cross, “Collecting and sending food, clothing, and household items often does more harm than good.”*  But you can help out in other, very important ways.

Consumer Reports recommends contributing to the following organizations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and by Hurricane Irma (the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean) currently bashing the Caribbean and threatening Florida (you can specify in your donation which hurricane victims you’d like to help or you might also consider not discriminating; the hurricanes didn’t):

Direct Relief

American Red Cross


The Humane Society of the United States

NPR recommends:

Charity Navigator

The United Way of Greater Houston

Done? Good! Now let’s get back to our blog post about getting back to work.

If you are having trouble finding your focus, take the following actions (you helped all those nice people who were hit by hurricanes, now it’s time to help yourself):

  • Find the fun in your work.
  • Give yourself a very specific, achievable goal with a very specific, achievable deadline. The key word here is, you guessed it, achievable.
  • Break your goal up into small, manageable pieces. These mall pieces will help you achieve the achievable part we talked about in the first bullet point.
  • Visualize your own success. Imagine all of your friends gathered round you celebrating your success.
  • Tell a friend or colleague. By telling someone of your goals and dreams, you instill some accountability. When you enlist friends, pipe dreams can evolve into actionable goals.
  • Do not multitask. Some people call doing one thing at a time inefficient; others call it mindful effectiveness. (We’re in the latter school.)

OK? Time to get back to work…