Suffering from the post-vacation blues? Here are five tips to ease the transition back into the workday
After a few weeks of serenity and peace, making the transition from summer holiday to work may not be something you look forward to. But with a bit of planning, you may find that you actually are ready to resume your working days.
Get a good start to your day
The first few days after your summer holiday will be less stressful if you allow yourself plenty of time in the morning. You’ve likely had different sleeping habits during your holiday, so be sure to start winding down earlier than usual. Turn down the lights, put away all electronics, listen to some calming music, drink a cup of tea, or read a book. Try to get 6-8 hours of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast for more energy and improved concentration.
Tidy up your workspace
Chances are you’ll be greeted by piles of unopened mail, files, and other office items sitting on your desk. Rather than ignore these items, take a few minutes to process them. Open envelopes, chuck junk mail, file items, and place items in your inbox. The longer you wait, the more likely these items will be sitting at your desk or workstation later in the week.
Sort through your emails
You may have just returned from a glorious email-free holiday, but your inbox never gets time off. Cut down your inbox count with these tricks:
- Don’t read your emails in chronological order. Instead, sort them by subject or by the sender.
- If it’s not important to you or your business, delete it.
- If it only takes 30 seconds, do it now.
- If it takes more than 30 seconds, put it on your to-do list, or create an inbox folder specifically for tasks to follow up on when you have the time.
Start with the small stuff
Get started by tackling one small task straight away. First, make a list of the tasks you want to accomplish during the day. For example, following up on a project that was discussed before the break. Once it’s done, check it off your to-do list.
Plan upcoming goals and prioritise tasks
What do you want to achieve by the end of the week? Maybe you want to get 75% of your emails deleted or responded to before you leave the office on Friday, or aim to check off five things from your to-do list. Whatever your goals may be, make sure you write them down and keep them in sight to help you stay on track. As for prioritising tasks, after you have made your to-do list, rate each item on the list with a number 1-10: 1 being very important and 10 being least important. Create your list with number 1 at the top and make your way down. Simple, but effective.
*Bonus: Give yourself a break. Returning back to work after summer holiday is a transition period. Don’t get frustrated with how long it’s taking you to catch up on things. It may take several days to get readjusted, and that is just fine. Stay focused, relaxed and calm. You’ll be back into your routine before your know it.
Which of these tips will you try? Let us know if you have any back-to-work transition tips in the comments below.