When your vacation’s coming to an end, you’re faced with the dreadful thought of returning to work soon. You start thinking about the bloody weekday rush hour traffic, the lengthy reports you have to make, and you even mentally count the emails that are flooding your inbox just about now. (Ugh.)
Suffering from post-holiday blues is real, and any working individual has experienced it at some point. However, whether you like it or not, you will have to go back to work eventually, unless, of course, you made the sudden decision to live the life of a nomad and ditch work for good.
To help you ease back into the daily grind after your short yet sweet escape, here are some tips you might want to take:
Finish all your pending tasks before you leave
This should go without saying, but a lot of employees tend to slip into vacation mode before they’ve even left for their holiday, leaving behind a pile of work they think they can finish anyway when they come back.
If you’re guilty of doing this too, then do realize that you are only giving yourself something to stress over, while you’re on your trip or as soon as you return to work. So make it habit to complete all your pending tasks before your trip. As the old saying goes: Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Give yourself a day to rest and settle
Sure, you’ve just been on a holiday, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be needing some extra rest. The trip back may have worn you out physically and mentally, and jumping into work in such condition wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do. Give yourself a day to take a breather and settle back in at home. You’ll come to work the next day feeling more refreshed.
Clock in early
Allow yourself to adjust back to your work routine by coming in earlier than you usually do. This helps you avoid laziness, while conditioning your mind and getting you into the mood of working.
Enjoy some me-time
If you managed to arrive early, just savor the time you have to yourself before people start bustling about around you. And since you’re back, you might also want to make a list of the things you wish to achieve within the day or within the week. Setting new goals helps you approach work with a fresh attitude, making it a bit more enjoyable.