Adjusting to a return to work is all about staying calm, making small changes, and being patient with yourself. There are several ways to adjust when going back into the office after working from home for a while. Here are our best go-to tips.

1. Get into A Steady Routine
First, get into a routine for getting to and from the office. At home you may have worn hoodies or joggers but prepping for the office may take a little bit more effort such as planning your outfit the night before, figuring out what to bring for lunch if you’re brown bagging it, and more. You may want to get in the habit of doing this as a Sunday night ritual or every night before the following day of work.

… And That Includes A Commuting Routine
Planning is always a good idea, planning out your routine for getting to the office like you usually would, but keeping in mind that it’s probably a good idea to give yourself some cushion time for a bit of time.
Think about things you may have forgotten about like perhaps leaving early…if it’s raining, you can also use this as a chance to “develop new habits and start arriving earlier.”
Whether you thrive on working in an energetic and collaborative workplace day in or day out or you prefer the peace and quiet of working from home, going back to work in an office setting after some time away can be overwhelming. Trying to figure out how things have changed since you’ve been away can be quite a process. Plus you have to deal with the stress of getting used to a different work environment. Even if you’re thrilled to get back to the office, the social dynamics of being in an office will take some getting used to. It’s easy to wonder if you will have the same connections with co-workers that you used to have or if team projects will go as smoothly as they did before you were out of the office for a chunk of time. But like any change that affects your day-to-day life, adjusting to a new workflow is all about staying calm, making small changes, and being patient with yourself.

2. Leverage Your New WFH Skills To Your Advantage
Odds are if you got used to working from home, then you also got used to blocking out distractions (TV, kids, the mailman arriving every day during a Zoom meeting, etc.). Now’s the time to leverage that flexibility you developed.
If you work in a cubicle environment and find yourself easily distracted now that you’re back, bring headphones. In another instance, if you felt too isolated at home and craved interaction with people, at the office you may be excited to see your colleagues again, your work family. Just be mindful of needing time to be social and interact while also cutting yourself off so you don’t chat the whole morning away.

3. Take Breaks If Needed
It makes sense that during this time you may feel the urge to take more breaks. The change in your work routine plus the added social interactions you may not be used to will probably feel exhausting, but that’s totally normal.
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You may feel like you need to take constant breaks and that’s OK. At first, the office may feel foreign to you and that’s completely understandable as well. Try Monotasking – monotasking. If you are having trouble balancing all your work. This means focusing on only one task at a time — nothing else.
When you’ve completed [the one task], let your mind take a break such as walking away from your desk for 10 minutes. Then, return and focus on another task.

4. Focus On Building Relationships
Now is the time to focus on building relationships with face-to-face interactions. Even if you thrived working by yourself, humans crave connections, so now’s the time to make them and “make the most out of lunchtime, coffee breaks, and more.
As an example, putting in effort to stop by someone’s desk to ask a question rather than send a quick email for the sake of trying to save time, will go a long way in the long run. Create opportunities to build bridges with your boss — perhaps check in with a quick 20-minute weekly face-to-face meeting rather than emails throughout the week.