How to get back to work mode after a great vacation
I went to Singapore with my family for a ten day's vacation recently. No wonder, my vacation started even a week before we left. I couldn't concentrate on work. And you know what happens once you are back. It took me quite a few days to settle back to my regular schedule.
Transitioning from a fantastic holiday to the boring routine life is never an easy task to accomplish. Vacation change our complete schedules and the worst part is resuming back to regular schedule. However, these simple ways in your schedule can help you bounce back much faster. This will help you resume work and routine in a very simplified manner.
No matter if you went on a thrill-filled adventure trip or somewhere calm and serene to spend some good time with your dear ones, your body still needs rest when you come back. Just like they say, no bed is better than your own, spend some time resting and sleeping so that your body can relax and ready to resume routine.
Dave, your last point is well taken. Breaks can make it so much easier to get back to work.
I would extend this to making sure when you go back to work, you tackle tasks in small concentrated chunks with breaks in between. Set a timer for half an hour and promise to do nothing but work then. When it goes off, take a break, walk around. Drink some water. Do some jumping jacks. And then do the same thing again.
This can really help you get your focus back and get your productivity going again.
I also highly recommend watching your sleep schedule. It's easy to push it once all the responsibilities add up, but it can really make it hard to perform and that just adds up to more late nights catching up!
Here are a few other invaluable tips for going back to work. Great thing is not only do they promise to boost your performance, but they also help cut down on the stress that comes with this transition:
After a great holiday, the problem of getting back to work is a big one. To be prepped for it, it's best to start planning before you go on a vacation. Set up a plan for what you know you'll have to do. Create a list of what you need to get done, and keep everyone updated with it so they'll have an idea of what needs to be done when you get back.
This blogpost about things you can do to smoothly get back to work lists 5 points that can help you. My favorite (that I've used for years) is to block my calendar for the first day after the vacation so I have more time to catch up.
Here are 4 tips for returning a work to holiday
PLAN BEFORE YOU GO/ GET ORGANISED
This should be done before you go! Make sure you have a clear-sighted strategy for when you return, prioritizing tasks in order of importance & urgency.
You ought to have a well-thought out and organised program or to-do list for when you arrive back while leaving room for alterations / changes that will affect your plan once you are back.
You ought to be certain you have all those tasks & tasks, no matter how large or small, documented, onto one piece of newspaper so you can get cracking on together once you are back.
Having this plan in place before you depart will even allow you to switch off from work while you are away and enjoy your self.
HANDOVER & RECAP
This goes without saying actually; find the colleague, superior or poor who was looking after your workload while you were away and receive a detailed handover back. This will allow you to catch up with everything that has or has not moved along & can get everything back fresh in your mind.
'Where's everything at?' 'Does this job still need to get completed?' Such questions can help alter your strategy so as to re construction and prioritise activities of extreme importance.
TOUCH IN WITH ALL RELEVANT COLLEAGUES/PEOPLE
Consider your role as a job in itself & think; that are the relevant stakeholders that I want to speak with? This can range from colleagues to customers, team members to managers, internal to outside third parties.
Therefore you need to know where everyone is at and the way advancements on their conclusion may impact your own work. You also will need to have a sense of what has been going on about all aspects of your work. This will offer you the chance to paint an image in mind on the progress taken while you're away and give you peace of mind.
GET STRAIGHT INTO IT
Returning to work after a holiday, it is common to have a lack of inspiration . What's the best way to conquer it? Just jump right back into it, head, shoulders, feet and knees !
Don't procrastinate or delay. Think;"what is the toughest or toughest dialog / job I must now?" And make this priority/ first job , instead of putting it off to the close of the day or pushing it out to a couple of days later, make certain it is one of the very first things you do when coming at your desk. There's not any better way to get back into the swing of things than throwing yourself in the deep end.
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The main point is that one should come back from a vacation totally refreshed and energized. Continuous work creates monotony, boredom and tension. Vacation should be the time to re-energize oneself. This can be achieved in various ways as per the temperament of a person. Mostly people go out for travel. There are many ways of traveling. like religious travelling, sight-seeing, adventure travelling, cultural travelling etc. You have to choose one according to your liking. But it should be relaxing and invigorating. You should not come back exhausted, tired and more stressed. Then the whole purpose of vacation goes waste.
Travelling is not the only way to spend a vacation. Your can learn something or cultivate a hobby. You can join social work. You can meet friends and relatives. You can do a yoga course. You can read books or engage in spiritual persuits. Whatever you do, end result should be a relaxed, refreshed and invigorated body, mind and spirit.
Then after vacation when you go for work you will go like a new man and enjoy your work, perform well and have good relation with your colleagues.