Commuting is also likely to be re-entering your life, unless you are working from home. This also will require planning and takes a bite of time out of each day.
In the time before you start, get warmed up by starting your day at the same time you will need to once you are in your job. Wake up, do your morning cleanup, have breakfast, all the usual stuff.
If you are going to have some peaceful morning time, figure out how early you need to get moving. Then do it starting now.
Likewise, start going to bed at a time that will give you enough rest. If you have been a napper, break the habit now. You won’t have the option once you’re back in an office.
Prep your wardrobe. Make sure your work attire fits and is ready to wear. This will avoid last-minute panic and let you go into your first week feeling put together.
Visualize your first days on the job, setting the stage for success. Picture yourself ready to learn, bringing your curiosity and your active-listening skills.
If you have a tendency to take over, envision yourself sitting back, asking good questions and soaking in the things you need to know.
Know your stress triggers. There are any number of opportunities for anxiety to kick in, from having to quickly learn lots of new information to meeting many new people in a short period of time.
This could be especially acute if you are a perfectionist. You won’t know everything right away and you will make mistakes. Have some strategies to ease your stress in these situations.
It could also trigger some Imposter Syndrome, the feeling that you are not really good enough for the role you are in. Trust your organization’s decision to hire you and set this aside as best you can.
Don’t be surprised when you are really tired at the end of the day, and cut yourself some slack.
Try to lighten the load in terms of after-work commitments for the short term, and nurture yourself as you make the adjustment.