Summer has officially left us. Bring on the chilly weather, chunky knit sweaters, pumpkin patches, and every other basic autumn necessity you can think of. Though the memories will live on, it’s unfortunately time to leave our summer vacations behind. Today, I am going to try and make it a little less painful for us all, with some tips on how to return to work after summer vacation.
Ditch the meetings
No matter how hard your coworkers try and convince you, don’t attend any meetings your first day back. At this point you’re probably feeling guilty you’ve been gone for so long, and you want to appease everyone. Fight the urge and make it known that you are catching up on work.
Go through your inbox as soon as you get home
Set aside some time after your vacation to go through your inbox. Most people like to leave a day or two to recover from jet lag. Use that day to go through your inbox and get organized for the week ahead! You’ll feel 100% better about returning to work on Monday.
Prioritize your first day back
Make a priority list of what you need to get done and what you can put off. Keeping a list is a great way of staying organized. I like to formulate my list at the same time I am going through my inbox, that way I can be reminded of what’s high priority upon my return.
Start planning for the next chapter
Whatever lingo your company many use, there’s no double that the last three months of the year are crucial. Ditch your summer vacation mode and start planning for the holidays. Writing out your personal and professional goals is a great way to feel refreshed!
Get back on your routine
If you’re like the majority of people who are trying to live healthy lifestyles, then chances are you have a ‘routine’ you like to follow. A summer vacation sort of throws that off. Make sure you have a plan to slowly get back into your daily routine. Don’t forget those veggies!
Take it easy and don’t stress
Seriously. You just got back from fricken vacation. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and allow yourself a little downtime to dream up your next big vacation. Wink wink.
Did you take a summer vacation this year? What tips do you have for getting back in to ‘work mode’?