Do you get that feeling of satisfaction when you cross things off your list, or is that just me?
Conventional wisdom says get the worse things out of the way first. As Brain Tracy referred to it as “Eat That Frog”.
But if your team are on furlough or working from home I believe it’s going to be hard enough for them getting back into the swing of things as it is when they come back to work.
So give them the opportunity to tick some things off their list early on, so they feel they are seeing some results within the first few days back.
Consider now what short-term projects or goals can you set everyone, which eases them in gently, but still results in some quick wins. It will certainly help focus attention back onto the job in hand, and get everyone back into full flow as quickly as possible.
Put tangible metrics in place to measure progress and success; it will be far more rewarding when they are can recognise success for themselves.
Give each individual team member responsibility over specific activities. This gives a sense of pride and ownership.
If you only do one thing:
Set short term goals for yourself and everyone in your team, so you have something to work towards this week.