10 tips for going back to work after vacation

A new day begins. Coffee mug in hand, you turn on the computer and start all over again. Emails to read and answer. Tasks and pending projects are waiting for you. You close your eyes and remember that yesterday you were enjoying your trip, but everything suddenly vanishes.

The return to routine

The feeling can overwhelm anyone. The return to routine is an increasingly frequent situation and there is even talk of post-holiday syndrome, a transitory situation that manifests itself with symptoms such as fatigue, drowsiness, muscle aches, lack of concentration in the first days of returning to work.

Post-holiday syndrome

In general, few people return to work with energy and desire to resume their daily workday. When these symptoms occur, it is often said that they are victims of post-holiday syndrome, which affects mostly young adults between 25 and 40 years of age”.

1. Avoid a crash landing

Returning to work immediately after your vacation is over is a common idea among those who want to make the most of the summer period. However, it is not an advisable decision for a return to work.

Plan to return home at least one day earlier. You will have time to sleep and recover physically from a long trip, to unpack and sort your luggage, organize household chores and even do some shopping to face the first week at home.

2. Organize your first day

Spend time the day before thinking about the things you will need to do at work. Order your thoughts and make a list of issues to resolve before you even get to the office. This helps you feel more prepared and organized when you arrive at your workplace.

3. Arrive at the office earlier

For those who are coming back from vacation it may seem crazy, but consider it. In addition to having the time factor on your side, you will be able to avoid the traffic jams and rush that generate greater anxiety on your first day of work.

Another benefit of getting up early is to get to the office before everyone else and return to work in a more relaxed and calm environment, which will allow you to put things in order and even have a relaxed coffee.

4. Prioritize your tasks at work

Based on the list you have already thought of, plan what and how you are going to execute your tasks on your first day at work. Organize everything in order of priority. If there are pending issues that were not finished before leaving on vacation, the idea is to start with that.

Then, it is advisable to start solving small things first and, as far as possible, avoid scheduling meetings and taking on new issues immediately. This will allow you to get into a rhythm gradually, with time control to gain confidence and avoid feeling overwhelmed on your first day.

5. Organize your e-mail sensibly

It is an excellent intention to try to answer all your e-mails at once. However, it is unlikely that you will achieve this with so many other tasks on your desk.
The first thing to do is to assume that not all of them will require an immediate response and many others may be considered unwanted messages.

With that logic, the next step is to establish a priority order for all messages. Finally, answer first the emails whose subjects are most urgent and finish with the less relevant ones.

6. Establish short breaks in your schedule

Even if you plan ahead, there will always be imponderables and unexpected situations. In the face of these possible situations, it is a good idea to consider some free time beforehand, either to rest or to dedicate to unforeseen events.

7. Get reacquainted with the work team

The first days after your vacation are ideal to talk, share the experiences of those who have left and find out what has happened during your absence.

Without taking time away from productive hours, think about having lunch with colleagues or organizing a short outing after work. In addition to making your return to work lighter, it creates a positive atmosphere in the organization’s climate.

8. Take a fresh look

Vacations are an excellent opportunity to look at problems from a different perspective. With the relaxation they provide, they allow you to have the mental freshness to address a pending issue or problem and find a creative and efficient solution.

9. Set new goals

If during the vacations you were thinking about new challenges and goals, the return to work is an excellent time to take the first step. When you return to work, you can take advantage of the summer break to find the motivation you need to take a course or other type of specialization that you have proposed.

10. Make time for leisure

During the year there is also time to do what we like. Practice a sport, organize social gatherings with your friends or just stay at home enjoying a good book or your favorite series. You can also start thinking about your new trip and already schedule your vacation and work towards achieving that goal.

Following these tips will allow you to face the return to the work routine with better disposition, greater empowerment of your time and organization to perform the tasks of your work. Fundamental tools to have the situation under control and aim for success in the management of a critical period that affects thousands of Chilean men and women.

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