It’s Time to Get Back to Work

Let’s get back out there and do great things

Joe Procopio
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4 min readJun 17, 2021


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Listen, I’m not your boss. I’m not trying to bludgeon you with a motivational hammer. I’m coming to you as your friend. And I’m telling you the same things I had to tell myself not too long ago.

It’s time to get back to work.

It’s time to personally reintegrate with the professional world and figure out how to operate in the new normal — which, coincidentally, is looking like it’s not going to be too different from the old normal.

That said, one of the main differences between now and then is that there are shards of opportunity scattered everywhere, waiting to be seized upon. You can feel it the moment you step outside.

It’s time to step outside.

Many of us went into some kind of professional hibernation when Lockdown Spring turned into Lockdown Summer and then eventually Lockdown Year.

Plus a couple months more.

I’m not trying to motivate you. All I’m trying to do is to get you to think about coming out of 2021 as better than you were going into 2020. The good news is that with all setbacks follows the inevitable bounce back.

It’s time to grab hold with both hands and ride that bounce.

That starts with getting back to work

If you have the opportunity to go to work in an office or other place of business, I implore you to start taking steps to recover that routine. You’ve missed it, but you aren’t going to realize how much until you go back to it. Obviously, personal and public safety rules apply, but if the restrictions have come off, it’s time to shake them off vigorously.

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve been right there at the forefront, railing against the wasted productivity spent in an office building eight hours a day, five days a week, especially when those hours are sandwiched between two slices of who-knows-how-long-it’s-gonna-be-today commute.

But there are limits. The lockdown sucked the productivity and ambition out of all of us, one Zoom meeting at a time.

It’s a new normal, and it’s time to figure out the pros and cons.



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