With COVID-19 restrictions starting to ease, many Australians who have been working from home are planning their return to the workplace.

But after months working in sweat pants, will that return be simple?

As Coronavirus has so clearly taught us, adapting to change is tough so preparation is most definitely key!

Don’t wait for the night before to prepare for your return to the workplace! Smooth sailing means getting ready now.

Here are four things you can do now to make your transition a piece of cake:

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1. Prepare for your commute to the workplace

Some of us spend a massive amount of time each day going to and from the workplace. One of the bonuses of working from home has been reclaiming those hours back for other things like recreation or hanging out with our family.

But our return to the workplace means reintroducing this time commitment. Adjusting early will allow us to tweak our routines and habits ahead of time so they’re ready to go when we do get back in the office.

You don’t actually need to get in the car or hop on public transport to do this. Simply set aside the allocated time each day to practice ‘taking your commute’ to work.

Start thinking about how you might rejuggle your week so you can still make time for the things that matter.

The more you can mentally prepare yourself for this step ahead of time, the easier it is going to be.

2. Get dressed for work

If you’ve been working from home in your work clothes, then you’re a better person than me!

Most of us have been working in whatever we like, from activewear to casual dress and sometimes even pyjamas, haha.

Getting ready for work takes time and transitioning back into normal office wear early will mean you’ll get used to wearing it AND get used to setting aside time to get ready in the morning.

3. Get into the right mindset

We’ve all had a different ‘work from home’ experience. Some of us have loved it, others not so much. Either way, heading back into the workplace will be an adjustment for all of us.

So what can we do? It’s important to think about how you can shift your mindset to reduce the stress or dread in the lead up to your return.

Focus on:

  • What opportunities are created by returning to the workplace?
  • How can I make sure I feel well prepared?
  • What am I looking forward to most?
  • How can I make sure I feel supported during my transition?

The old ‘bury my head in the sand’ technique just won’t cut it here. Start thinking about returning to the office ahead of time and make sure you’ve got your mindset ready for game day.

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4. Cut yourself some slack

Returning to the office after a long period of being at home is going to be adjustment for everyone. Some will be in their element, whereas others will struggle. We need to cut ourselves some slack and remember that we are all in this together.

Support your colleagues who may be struggling and remember to reach out and ask for a pep talk if you need it. We will all need time to adjust and we need to give ourselves permission to do just that.

Returning to the workplace is inevitable for most of us but following these four steps will help get things back to normal in no time!

Nadia xo

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This blog post was authored by Nadia, who is planning her own return to the office soon. Nadia is the Founder of On Her Desk, an online luxury stationery brand for driven and ambitious women.

Having worked in a corporate environment throughout most of her career, Nadia created On Her Desk to support women to be organised without compromising on style. You can learn more about her products on her website at www.onherdesk.com.au, or check out her Instagram!