The holidays are over and the anguish of returning home begins to enter us. Undo suitcases, set back routines from day to day, return to work … It takes almost a week to get used to the new rhythm. The children return to school, you are still in relax mode, any action costs double the usual and there are endless preparations pending.
But going back to Routine does not have to be so hard if we organize ourselves well and follow a series of guidelines that will reduce post-vacation depression and turn-around stress.
1. Leave a day off.
If your vacation plan includes a trip, try by all means to return a day earlier. There are few things worse than returning from several days of travel, disconnection and recharging, and having to work already the next day. Take advantage of that extra day to organize a little your life and your mind, that reacts to be at home. Putting the washing machine, ordering, thinking and planning the week ahead, will help make the first day of work easier.
2. Plan your first day of work.
The usual thing when returning from vacations is to find yourself with piles of accumulated work, many people who want to talk to you and a saturated e-mail tray. Chaos! If you start working normally that day, you will drag the mess and the stress it causes for several weeks. Save the first two or three hours to organize everything: delete mails and sort them by importance, make an outline of everything that needs to be done (and prioritize).
3. Go to work early.
Go to bed early and get up earlier than usual. Arriving at the office before the rest of the people will help you to a smoother transition, to keep catching up with the emails and to be already more calm and with a feeling of productivity when your colleagues or employees start arriving and bombard you with questions about holidays and news about everything that has happened in your absence.
4. Do not plan meetings outside the office.
The first day is to be in your place of work and organize to be able to resume your homework without problems. Avoid meetings in general and, of course, meetings that will force you to move and visit somewhere else. If you have waited for the days that you have gone on vacation, surely nothing happens to wait another day. Your mind will be fresher and the meeting will go better.
5. Remember your vacation inspirations.
The holidays are a time in which, in addition to disconnecting, it reflects a lot. Who has never had great ideas, either for work or for life, during their vacation period? Do not forget all those decisions you have made: walk to work, go earlier and leave early, make some changes in your routine, propose ideas for the startup … and act accordingly.
6. Give yourself a Prize!
Avoid that the end of your first working day is to get tired of work – later than you should – go straight home and fall on the couch. Give yourself a small reward: stay with friends to have a drink and tell them about your vacations, reserve time to take a walk around your city and get reacquainted with it, take a bubble bath when you get home. Having something you look forward to at the end of the day will make everything easier.