It is not often easy to regain focus at work as after a vacation. Jumping right back into the daily work grind soon after an enjoyable break is probably far from your mind. Thinking about the idyllic vacation you had can make it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. But learning how to manage post-holiday blues gets you back on track faster. Fortunately, there are simple strategies you can do to ease yourself to your old workplace rhythm and recover from back-to-work blues.
Get ready. Spend at least half a day preparing for the transition back to your routines. Think about the things worth looking forward to at work. Focusing on the positive aspect of going back to work will make it easier for you to ease your way back and deal with whatever vacation hangover you may still have.
Prepare what you can. Plan in advance to help you organize and simplify your workday. Come up with a game plan on how you will tackle all the emails in your inbox, deal with backlogs, and attend to other tasks waiting on your desk. Hitting the ground running without a semblance of a plan can make it doubly harder to beat post-vacation blues that could creep up on you. Set realistic goals for the day and tackle high-priority tasks to avoid overwhelming yourself.
Ease back in slowly. Avoid overdoing things as soon as you get back. Ease your way back in slowly by working smarter instead of taking on more work than you have to. Delegate if you can or prioritize and focus on the most important tasks first. Try to find the right work/life balance for you so you can enjoy some personal time to rest and unwind.
Think happy vacation thoughts. One of the best things about vacations is that you get to spend your time doing the things you enjoy. You do not have to let coming back to ruin your vacation mood. Keep the enthusiasm, excitement, fun, and positivity by incorporating pleasant activities into your day. Take periodic breaks to maintain your equilibrium amid a hectic workday, listen to your favorite music, and simply appreciate the good things that you have.
Avoid unnecessary pressure. Maintain a realistic schedule and avoid pressuring yourself the moment you get back to work. Work efficiently but always at a pace that does not overwhelm or stress you out. Channel your post-vacation energy in fueling your drive to meet deadlines and accomplishing the important things you need to do at a speed that works best for you.