Returning to work after a long weekend or vacation? Making the mental transition after some time away can be a challenge. However, with prior preparation and staying on track of your plans, you can jump back into work easier. Here are a few tips to turn on your switch and get your gears running.
Make a to-do list to prioritize things you need to check on your return.
Find out who will be filling in during your absence to make sure you know who to reach out to get up to date.
Put up an automated out-of-office reply with dates and set timing expectations of your response.
Tidy up and organize your workspace so you can return without feeling overwhelmed.
Detach from your work completely to enjoy your break and destress for better productivity, energy, and performance.
Have everything you need for work ready to ensure an easier morning on your return date.
Get a good amount of rest at night before your day of return.
Review and update your to-do list.
Organize your schedule to map out your day and full week, moving tasks based on your energy levels. Avoid jumping into meetings right away.
Prolong the positive effects of your time off by taking breaks during your workday and avoid overloading yourself.
Step out for your lunch break.
Eliminate distractions by keeping talk about your time off, vacation, or holiday to your break times and lunch.
Keep away from social media or your personal phone to stay on task.