Long vacations are a double-edged weapon as during it we feel re-energized after spending more time resting, travelling with family and friends, or even enjoying some self time, but our motivation to return to work that requires physical and mental effort appears to be lower.
Last week (Eid Aladha week) was one of the longest vacations, so we decided to share with you some tips that can help you to get back to work gradually while being productive and organized. Do not worry the last week of July can be fruitful if you try the below.
Catch up with coworkers
It’s vital to connect with coworkers at all times, but it’s more important after you’ve been away for a while. You’ll have to interact with them to recap from where to start, but it will also be interesting to learn about their personal lives and how they enjoy the vacation as an icebreaker .
While office diversions are frowned upon, and you really should be going back to work, use the opportunity over lunch or on break to catch up with coworkers about your holiday and what they were up to while you were gone.
You’ll need to truly catch up now that you’ve informed certain coworkers you’re working on catching up. Before diving into all of the emails and tasks that have piled up on your desk, check up with your coworkers, employer, and clients. Try with them to recap where you stopped at and to pull yourself together. When you start delving back in a bit deeper, having a broad sense of where projects, campaigns, or responsibilities stand at the time will help you better prioritise your to-do list.
Use a To-Do List
Using a To Do list to organise your chores might help you feel more grounded and in control of your life. You will feel more organised and more engaged if you can see a clear outline of your finished and uncompleted activities.
Your work calendar, at the very least, is likely to be filled with events over the next several weeks. You might need a brief reminder of what you have coming up because you’ve been away. To evaluate your calendar, take a short look at it. Then make any necessary changes to your to-do list. If you have new, more important meetings spring up in place of others, you may need to rearrange your schedule.
Whatever you have on your plate, having a clear picture of the weeks ahead and a list you can go through day by day can help you relax. Before going back to work, get a decent night’s sleep.
Make sure your desk is clean, upon your return.
Keeping your office clean and tidy increases productivity and morale, so staying on top of the clutter should be a major concern. Maintaining a consistent cleaning routine is crucial to ensure staff remain cheerful and healthy in the office, since desks provide the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive.
Even if you left your desk spotless before going on vacation, you’ll likely return to a confused mass of reports, and unanswered mail. Sort through everything, identify essential documents for follow-up and action, and toss away reports that are no longer relevant. As you get into the groove of things, this will help you feel more organised.
Put your mind to the positive.
Coming back to work would be easier if you remember your colleagues and other reasons why you like your job. According to studies, your mental health and state of mind have a major impact on your professional life. Positive and optimistic people experience less work-related issues, are more active, and feel more tranquil and calm in general.
Food is your fuel; if you put trash in your tank, it won’t operate as well as it should. I understand you’re busy – we all are – but try to make at least one meal a day a bit better, a little more healthy.
Because I feel like there are so many messages shouting at us about how we eat, bossy messages about what we should and shouldn’t eat, I chose the term “better.” Gluten, sugar, fat, carbohydrates, and preservatives with 22-letter names are all things to avoid. Instead of waging a full-scale assault on various types of food, why don’t we strive for gradual improvements? Not quite the greatest, but a little better.
Place vacation reminders.
If you go on vacation, bring something back with you that you can use at your desk. A photograph, picture frame, or ornament may aid in the creation of a more harmonious work atmosphere by providing you with something to gaze at when you’re anxious and bringing you back to a more relaxed state of mind. It promotes a positive work atmosphere and has been found to reduce stress. Make sure, however, that your souvenir is suitable for the workplace.
When you go back, try to schedule a session about a topic that you feel you can benefit your colleagues from. Start a knowledge sharing space that will offer you a feeling of purpose, as well as a sense of personal pleasure and progress once finished, making work more fulfilling.
Make preparations for your next vacation.
While it may seem far away, research suggests that planning your next vacation before returning to work might provide you with something to anticipate. It makes you feel better about returning to work, and if you’re planning a trip, it may encourage you to start saving for your next peaceful and exciting holiday.
People suffer the blues when they return to work, no matter how long or short their vacation was—even if it was only for a weekend! If your worry or fear doesn’t go away or becomes worse, it might be a symptom of a more severe condition that you shouldn’t ignore. Take some time to think about why you’re feeling this way about your return to work. Speaking with a manager, supervisor, or even a professional for extra assistance and resources that might help you determine the cause of the problem may be beneficial. For the most part, though, a little time, preparation, and taking a few good actions may help you reflect on the highlights of your most recent trip while without losing sight of all the wonderful things you’re doing right now.