First of all, I wish you the best for 2015.
The vacation came to an end for most of us. But it seemed so short!
Back to work, some of you are maybe worried about the workload waiting for you at the office?
Don’t panic: Here are a few tips I usually apply for easing back into things.
Day one: Under the radar
Because you’ve followed my check-list for getting ready to go on vacation, you’ve set aside some time for yourself on this first day. Good.
Make the most of it by:
- Talking to your coworkers: Get updated on projects’ progress and find out about everyone’s vacations.
- Read your e-mail: Newest first. The older ones have probably been dealt with already.
- Draw up a list of priorities: This will reassure you that you can handle things. At least it does the trick for me.
- Just get back on track.
A word of advice: Don’t delete your vacation message from your e-mail inbox right away. Give yourself a few hours, or even a day.
Ease back into things
Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. You’re not going to be at peak productivity on the first day back. Ease back into things. Even top athletes don’t start their workouts with a sprint. Avoid breakdowns: pace yourself.
- Don’t start back with a long day.
- Don’t plan any important meetings.
- Don’t promise your clients anything for that day.
You’ll get back into the swing of things gradually.
Review your working habits
Those days off will have given you some perspective and you may have even made some resolutions. So take advantage of your return by developing new working habits. Target: To be more productive and strike a better work-life balance.
Get some rest
Barely back at work and already tired – you might say that’s contradictory? But it isn’t really. It can be tough to get back in step with working life. During your vacation, you probably got to sleep in, take afternoon naps, or just spend time doing nothing. So make sure you continue to get enough sleep.
What about you? How do you prevent the back-to-work blues and manage being back in the office after a long break?