After basking in the sun on a tropical island or having a fun-filled family adventure, the last thing you want to worry about is the post-vacation blues. Sadly, there is no way to avoid what is waiting for you at work when the vacation is over. Making the transition back to your normal work routine doesn’t have to be as depressing as it sounds. I have found a few strategies that will help your return to work go smoothly and with a little less stress. Hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy
Walking back into the office after time off can be overwhelming. Focus on prioritizing your tasks on the first day or two back in the office.Make a list of tasks that take priority and complete them one at a time. Email, voicemail, and a full calendar of appointments will leave us dreaming of the relaxation we just left behind. Process the mail and files from your desk that have patiently awaited your return. Answer emails and phone calls that require immediate attention. Don’t feel like everything has to be done at one time. This is not an efficient approach.
Contact important customer/clients to notify them of your return to the office. Checking in on them personally makes them feel important and their needs are being met. Were there projects left unfinished before leaving for vacation? Check in with employees or team members so they can brief you on what you have missed while out of the office.
Remove Distractions and Stay Focused
When returning to the office, limit social chat to a minimum. Everyone wants to hear all the details of your vacation but save those conversations for lunch or when you choose to take a break. This will only distract you from your work and could send you into post-vacation blues. Turn off your cell phone, social media, and apps that aren’t work-related. Limiting these types of distractions will help you catch up on business quickly and efficiently.
Be Kind to Yourself
There will be lots to catch up on once you return but don’t let that keep you from taking care of yourself. Don’t let the stress of the backlog of work make you feel guilty about taking a lunch break or a couple of minutes to stretch. It may take several days to readjust so try not to stress about it. Don’t cause more stress by working overtime just because you took time off. Set a timer so you leave the office at the normal time. If you put your head down and work tirelessly then your vacation was counterproductive.
You should feel rejuvenated after having time out of the office so don’t get depressed about what is waiting for you upon your return. Take the memories of that much-needed vacation and be glad you were able to enjoy the time away. After your next vacation, will you be using any of these tips to help with your transition back to work?
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