By Stephanie DeRosa
“I can’t wait for this vacation to end so I can get back to work!” said no one. Ever. Trade in a cabana on the beach for an office with no view? Didn't think so. Travelle knows making the shift from paradise to the real world is tough, but, as much as it hurts to hear, you can’t travel on vacation forever. Travelle’s here to help you seamlessly ease back into work with these tips:
Before You Go on that Last Vacation
Set Aside Time To Recoup
You’re all too eager to make travelling on holiday last as long as possible, and we don’t blame you for it! But returning from your getaway the day before you go back to work will only make a Monday that much worse. Give yourself a couple of days to settle in at home before you’re back on the grind, even if it means one less day in Europe.
Make A Future To-Do List
Before you head off, make a list of what needs to be done upon return. You’ll still be in a work mind set so remembering and organizing upcoming projects will come effortlessly. Knowing and seeing exactly what you need to do ahead of time will save you from tons of post-vacation stress.
When You Return
When Traveling, Your Flight Counts
You’re not 100% back from vacation until you’ve put your luggage down in your own living room. Wait until you’re actually home before you start tackling assignments. Even if you plan to get work done on the flight, there’s a good chance you won’t and you’ll end up feeling guilty about it—you don’t need that extra pressure.
Get An Early Start
Make your first day back at work an early one. It might sound a little crazy, but it’s a good way to ease back into things. An extra hour in the morning will give you time to settle in, catch up with coworkers and get focused before the real work begins.
Block Off Your Schedule
Dedicate your return to getting back on track: sort through the paperwork and emails that have inevitably piled up and consult with your team. If possible, push all meetings to the next day. Using day one to play catch up will let you power through everything you’ve missed and prepare you for what’s to come.
Take It Outside
Whether you go out to eat or take a stroll around the neighborhood, make sure you spend your lunch break outside the office. The fresh air will help you relax and de-stress as you ease back into work.
Think Happy Thoughts
Remember how refreshed and invigorated you felt on vacation? Well, don’t check those feelings at the office door. Bringing that happy and positive attitude with you will benefit both you and your team. You’ll also feel better about getting back to work if you go into it with newfound energy you can use to conquer projects.
Here's to making your post-travel plans as blues-free as possible!