Have you ever taken a much-needed vacation and then got back and couldn’t get back in the flow of work? Yeah…us too! Even after a week or more, you can still struggle to be back in the flow. In today’s episode, we are going to talk about the things you can do to help yourself re-enter normal life and start producing again.
We went on a vacation this summer and decided ahead of time we’d do very little work. There have definitely been trips where we’ve worked along the way, but we wanted a real vacation from our normal life. But, getting back into the routine of things was very hard after being away for a few weeks.
Here are a few tips we have to help you get back into the swing of things:
Plan To Come Back on a Weekend
It may seem like it makes the most sense to come back from your trip just in time to go back to work, but it can actually make you less productive. When you come in from out of town for a few days or weeks, there’s going to be things you have to take care of. If you go straight back to work, you’re going to deal with a lot of distractions at home. This is particularly an issue when you work from home.
Make Your First Day Back a Planning Day
Your first, or even second day back to work should be a planning day. Take the time to go through all of the emails that came in while you were away. Reach back out to anyone that was waiting on you to come back so that they can send over project details to you.
Also, this is a good time to re-acquaint yourself with where you left off with any projects. Take the time to look over anything you have outstanding and put it on your schedule for the week.
Set An Alarm and Make Sure to Get Up
One of the hardest things about going on vacation is losing all sense of a schedule. That’s why it is important that you make sure that you have an alarm and be disciplined about getting up. Sleeping in or having slow mornings will keep you from getting back on track.
Understand Your Production Won’t Be The Same
The chances are you were doing a lot of extra work leading up to your vacation so you could take the time off. It’s important to keep that in mind because you won’t likely get back to the same production level as before the vacation. It’s probably not even a sustainable pace to keep in general.
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Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing!