How to Get Back into Work Mode After a Vacation


It’s no secret that vacations take quite a bit of planning. First, you need to submit a vacation request, wait for it to get approved, plan your vacation, book your flight and hotel, pack your luggage, and get to the airport. What makes it worse is all of this needs to happen before you can begin to relax. The last thing you want to think about on holiday is work.

Unfortunately, everyone needs to return to work at some point. How well you prepare for your return is going to determine how quickly you transition back into the grind. If you’re about to leave on vacation, or have just returned, you can use these tips to help you get back to the nine-to-five.

Change Email Settings

Changing your email settings is a precautionary measure that you need to highly consider. If you’re about to leave on vacation, this one is for you: turn on your out-of-office automatic reply. No one wants to return to work with loads of unread emails, some of which might be from clients who are irate from believing you’ve been ignoring them. Just remember to turn off the setting when you return.

Stick to Your Routine

It’s always going to be challenging to remember exactly what you do at work when you’ve spent quite a bit of time away—especially if you’re suffering from vacation brain.

The easiest way to ensure you don’t fall behind is to jot down your entire routine and break it into a daily schedule. Make notes of what your daily tasks are and how long they typically take to finish. Having the routine in front of you is going to make it easier to recall what you need to do, as well as give you the necessary motivation to do it.

Make a To-Do List

Regardless of what anyone says, having a well-organized to-do list can be a lifesaver. The easiest way of making sure all of your essential tasks get completed is to prioritize the routine schedule into a separate list. Rank your tasks from most to least important.

It’s best to start checking your way through your to-do list once you get back to work, because you’re more likely to finish the most important projects before you leave. Your first day back might seem more stressful, but the following day is expected to be more relaxed.

Make Room for Contingency Time

Immediately jumping back into work mode is likely to be difficult, so don’t feel defeated if you’re a bit slow at first. However, it is beneficial to have a contingency plan in case you’re feeling sluggish.

Contingency plans are simple. All it means is you might need to head back to work a little early, or stay later than usual so that your essential tasks get completed. It might be annoying, but it’s better than feeling overwhelmed.

Embrace the Post-Holiday Blues

It’s not a myth; post-vacation blues are very real. No one wants to spend their time working when just a few days ago, the biggest problem you had was sleeping in until noon. It’s simple, you can be negative and let it get you down, or you can embrace the feelings.

Vacations can’t last forever, that’s why they’re vacations. The only reason you are bummed out is that the reality isn’t as fun as a holiday. Spend your time feeling blessed and appreciating the excellent time that you did have. If you still feel down about it, you can always start planning your next holiday to take your mind off of it.

Now that you’ve read through some helpful tips to help you get back into the swing of work after a vacation, hopefully, they’re going to be useful. Everyone returns to work at some point, and the absolute best tip for you to remember is this: if you didn’t have a job, there’s no way you can pay for your vacation.

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How to Get Back into Work Mode After a Vacation

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