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4 Ways to Transition Back To Work Mode after a Vacation

The only dark side of a vacation is the ending, and the reality of going back to work again hits you. We work so hard and eventually take some time off – only to come back to the stress of the work we left undone, along with a pile of new tasks on top of it. No one wants to think about emails, deadlines, or meetings after an amazing holiday. That could be enough to make anyone want to move to a new country and assume a new identity.

Here are 4 ways to help you ease into work after a blissful vacation:

  • Don’t go back to work immediately

The last thing you’ll want to do is get up early to head into the office the day after you return. Focus on giving your mind time to adjust. Take a day or two to relax and recuperate before heading back into the office. If you don’t, you’ll have stress on top of fatigue to deal with when you return to work.

  • Prioritize your tasks

Take it one step at a time. Make a to-do list with everything you know you need to do and prioritize what needs to be done. Unless there is an urgent phone call to make or meeting to attend, spend the first hour or two at work refreshing your memory about assignments, deadlines, and deliverables. Starting with small tasks can boost your confidence.

  • Interact/catch up with colleagues

Of course your colleagues will want to know all the details about your vacation. It’s a great way to relax and catch up, as well as ease any tension left about getting back to work. Chat over lunch and share stories about your adventures with everyone.

  • Take it easy

Allow yourself time to get back into the groove of the work environment. Everything left on your desk does not need to be completed on your first day back at the office. Going into full work-mode is a recipe for a burnout. Don’t let guilt force you into believing that you have to over-work yourself because you were away.  You’ll only end up feeling overwhelmed and needing another vacation. Returning to work does not have to be painful or overwhelming – if you plan that comeback even before you go on vacation. Discipline, prioritizing, and time management are key to let you seamlessly pick up where you left off.

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