Who loves vacation, but hates the first day after work? SAME. Even if you love your job, getting back to work can be very hard after time away. A little work before you leave and the willpower to get out of bed earlier, and you can be on your way to getting back in the swing of things in no time after vacation!
How to Get Back to Work After Vacation.
Before You Leave
1. Make a Todo List
Instead of relying on yourself to remember everything from before your vacation, make a list of things that need to happen when you get back. Take notes on any meeting you might have, and do a brain dump on any and all projects you may have. It’s the easiest way to make sure you don’t lose too much of vacation brain.
2. Clean Your Desk
Seriously the worst thing to come back to is a cluttered and unorganized desk. Instead, try to organize everything before you leave, and have a spot for coworkers to set things for you that you missed when you left.
3. Schedule or Delegate Your Important, Daily Responsibilities
Talk with your team and supervisor, and try to schedule or delegate all of your responsibilities before your leave. If you have clients or customers who would regularly rely on you, ensure they will still be take care of!
4. Set Your Out of Office Email
One of the worst parts of leaving is the emails. People who might need an answer immediately will email you, or you’ll come back and take an entire day to dig out of your email. Set up an out of office email and give them someone else to contact in emergency, or at least tell them when you’ll be back.
*Pro Tip: Set your out of office for a day after you get back, so you have a day to get reacquainted at work. If you reply to anyone early, you’ll look like a rockstar!
When You Get Back
1. Try to Get in A Little Early
It’s really tempting to sleep in as late as possible, but try to get in as early as possible and have a good, protein filled breakfast. By getting in early, you’ll have to time to prepare for any meetings you might have that morning, to check in with your co-workers, and to see if there are any urgent emails that have to be answered right away.
Take some time to answer questions about your vacation, catch up with friends, and then dive back in.
2. Do Not Look at Your Email Right Away
It’s important to not begin to sift through your email right away. Look at what you have to do, and take it from there. If your main job is emails, it might be easier to just do a quick glance. As the week progresses, block off 15-30 minutes time slots to go through your email and prioritize anything that needs to get done.
3. Turn Off Your Vacation Response
Do this in the afternoon instead of right when you get in. It’ll give you time to sort through everything without even more emails coming in.
4. Start In On Your Todo List & Add Anything You Need To
Since you’ve already checked in with your co-workers, add anything that needs to be added (or take away anything) and start to prioritize based on information you just received.
5. Know When to Stop
It can be tempting to try to tackle everything in one day, but it can’t always be done. Set yourself a stopping time for the day that you stick to. It may be an hour after you normally would or even two, but in order to preserve some of the rest that you got on vacation, you need to stop.
6. Get Back Into Your Routine ASAP
One of the worst parts of getting back from vacation is being out of your routine. Do what you have to in order to get back on it as soon as you can. You’ll thank yourself!
What do you do in order to get back to work after vacation? Anything that I missed? How many cups of coffee does it take you to get back?
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