10 Tips for Going Back to the Office After Vacation
You just got back from your vacation and you have a lot of work to catch up on. You know that, but getting started can still be tough. To help you transition smoothly back to the office after your time away, we've compiled this list of 10 tips:
These 10 tips will make falling back into work easier
The end of summertime can be bittersweet. On one hand, you might be excited to get back into a work routine and have some structure in your life again. On the other hand, you might be dreading the loss of lazy summer days and all the fun that comes with them. If you're finding it hard to get motivated for work after a relaxing summer break, here are 10 tips that will help make the transition easier.
1) Check in with yourself.
It's easy to get overwhelmed when you realize how much work is waiting for you - but don't let that overwhelm turn into resentment before you even start working! Instead, take a minute to reconnect with yourself and remind yourself why it matters that all this work gets done. You might want to write down a few reasons or even say them out loud if that works better for you.
2) Organize your workspace.
Whether your desk was a total mess or just a bit messy, be sure to clean it up before diving into your work. This will help you clear your mind, make space for everything you need, and give you a visual reminder that you are ready to get started!
3) Get the most important things done first.
Don't try to tackle an entire day of work in one sitting - but do set aside time at the start of each day (or over the course of a few days) to get things done that absolutely must get done.
4) Take breaks when needed.
This is not only good for your physical health, but mental too! When you take breaks during hectic times they help keep you balanced so you can come back refreshed and recharged.
5) Be realistic.
It's easy to dwell on everything you need to get done or everything that went wrong during your vacation. But instead of dwelling, try taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. When you do this, it can be easier to set more realistic goals for both yourself and your time away from work. For example, if you have a goal of going into the office at 9 AM everyday but find yourself sleep deprived because of a toddler who was up multiple times throughout the night before then try setting a goal of going in by noon each day for a week until things level out again. And once they have leveled out, work backward from there to figure out what time would be optimal - perhaps bumping up your morning time a bit toward what you were doing before.
6) Be flexible.
It's not realistic to say that everything is going to go as planned after vacation, but it IS possible for things to work out in a way that makes you happy! For example, if a new emergency at work means a deadline gets pushed up and the extra hours you spent sleeping one morning mean that you miss your train then maybe taking an Uber or Lyft home instead will be much more relaxing than waiting on the subway platform for 30 minutes. And once you get home instead of rushing around trying to get dinner ready while whipping up some quick spreadsheets for tomorrow's meeting maybe try making yourself something small (like this one-pot pasta!) and then tackling your work after dinner once everyone is in bed.
7) Remember why you took the time away.
It was for your mental health, your physical health, your relationships with friends and family, to learn something new, to take care of yourself... Whatever it was that made taking this time for yourself important, remember it! And if it wasn't so memorable or can't be recalled then think about what would have not taken the time away - did you feel overwhelmed at work? Burnout? Did you lose touch with people while on vacation? Were there personal obligations that were missed because of the lack of availability around the holiday/vacation season? By reflecting on these questions you might get a better idea of why taking some time off was necessary.
8) Prepare for next time.
You already know that it's not easy to leave work behind and go on vacation, so the best thing you can do is prepare for next time. That way, when your boss asks if you are ready for your next trip/vacation/break you will be able to say yes with confidence!
9) Be kind.
Do whatever you can to help yourself transition back into your normal routine after time away. Maybe this means changing up your morning schedule (and preserving that new schedule even after the vacation is over) or maybe it doesn't mean anything but checking in on Facebook while enjoying a cup of coffee in bed instead of rushing around like crazy until noon wondering when you will be able to stop for breakfast. Once you get used to this new time start making some changes around your house, around your office, maybe try something new... Then if the idea of going on vacation seems appealing again, you'll have done just enough self-care!
10) Take a real break from technology.
While everyone might not have an office job or even work remotely but having too much time with just a phone, tablet, computer with wifi is still possible. So once you get back from a trip where most of your communication was done over messenger/phone/email try going without said devices for a few days. You can still visit friends and family if they live nearby but don't always communicate online - maybe only call them every other day instead of everyday? And when it comes to taking care of yourself maybe giving up TV shows that you like (or giving yourself a limit on how many episodes you can watch) and replacing them with something else (like reading for pleasure, learning French, taking out the trash early in the morning instead of watching TV).
SHe is a graduate of Akdeniz University, Department of Business Administration. She graduated from the university with a faculty degree. It has contributed to its environment with its social responsibility project. She writes articles about business and its fields.