Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to recharge your batteries. It's a reminder of how important it is to take a step back, spend some time on the couch with your family, and not be in "driven over-achiever" mode.
However, once the weekend is over, it's time to get back to the hustle.
Immediately stepping right back into the flow of things can sometimes be a challenge. One of the best ways for me to get back in my flow is to read something inspiring. This past weekend, I re-read Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How To Unleash Your Creative Potential by America's Master Communicator by George Lois. Highly suggest.
But let's say you didn't have time to pick up a book. Here are a few things you can do for yourself to get right back into your zone and moving in the right direction:
1. Make Yourself A To Do List For December
It's easiest to know what needs to get done when you have it all in front of you at once. That way, you can separate and organize as needed. So take some time to look through all your different To Do lists, and see what you have left unfinished (and what you hope to finish by the end of the year). Then start setting priorities and deadlines.
2. Catch Up With Friends
Friends hold friends accountable. Once you're done exchanging funny (or ridiculous) family stories from Thanksgiving, talk about what you are both working on--and how you can help each other. December is always extremely busy. Use each other as reminders to stay focused on what's most important.
3. Clean And Organize Your Life
This goes for the travelers, the ones who spent Thanksgiving away. Nothing kills the vibe faster than returning to an unclean or disheveled apartment or home. Take an hour, put things back where they belong, and use that as a starting point for feeling productive.
4. Get Back In The Gym (Right Away)
It's safe to say everyone overate during Thanksgiving weekend. Instead of letting that feeling linger, get ahead of it. Get right back in the gym, get your body moving, and have that "I did it" feeling under your belt. When you feel good physically, you will feel better mentally.
5. Stay Ahead Of The Game
Don't squander the last week of November by saying, "I'll get to it in December." No, you won't. Do it now. Start your Christmas shopping now. Work to finish that project sooner rather than later. Do what you can to stay ahead, because once mid-December hits, it's going to be a mad rush to the end of the month. Use that as motivation to get back on track ASAP.
6. Do Something Outside Your Comfort Zone
One of the best ways to spark your inner drive is to do something you aren't used to doing every day. Even if it's just going to see some live music one night, or going out for a movie (if you never do that). Things that aren't part of your normal day-to-day tend to inspire you to take action.
7. Download New, Inspiring Material
Really want to shock your system into "get things done" mode? Go download some new podcasts, new music, new books, and fill your free time with those--instead of scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. When you are constantly exposed to new material, you almost can't help but generate new ideas yourself.
8. Change Up Your Morning Routine
Another great way to shock the system is to change your morning routine. Instead of doing what you always do, maybe try going for a brisk run at sunrise. Yes, this will be challenging for you, late-riser. That's the point. Change things up and you will see how beneficial it can be for you and the goals you set for yourself.
9. Do What You Say You're Going To Do (No Matter How Small)
The single best (and most effective) way to get yourself in your flow is to say you are going to do something--and then do it. For example: You say you're going to wake up early tomorrow morning, so actually do it. You say you're going to start your day by reading 10 pages in a book, so actually do it. When you make promises to yourself and keep them, you are ingraining in your subconscious that what you put your mind to, you will get done.
Watch how quickly you begin to tackle bigger, more ambitious goals. It doesn't take long.