The summer holiday season is coming to an end and we need to come back at work. It’s not the end of the world but going back to look at your emails can be exhausting: There’s nothing like a stressing post-holiday days to make you wish you’d chucked it all and opened a bar in front of the Bahamas’ beach.
It doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom, so I have written some top tips to help you to sit down at our desks after time away filled with boundless energy and restored creativity that will fuel new projects
Actively plan for your return.
Getting organized work is very important. When you plan to have holiday you might not be focused only on the departure but also on the return. Treating the return is someting that you have to manage before, doing so you will not loose the restoration feeling.
What do you think about coming back at work on Tuesday instead of Monday? A short week of work will help your return.
What do you love of your job?
What do you like about your job? Consider the things you love, which makes you happy during your working hours. If you feel at the top, your energy will be focused and also your brain and body. These things will motivate you and your boss will see it
Build in some transition time.
Build in some transition time. Don’t book anything for your first day in the office and block off the time in your calendar. If it looks like you’re available, people are going to put things on your calendar. Don’t just walk back into the office after a vacation without a plan. As much as possible try to push those meetings to the second day or to the afternoon. It gives you a little bit of space (unless you want to be steamrolled).
Out-of-office response helps you
Your out-of -office autoreply needs to be helpful, and honest but not too much honest. Leave it up through that catch up period; your coworkers will know you’re available but it will help stem the wave of outside emails, or at least lower the expectation of an immediate response.
An out-of-office message directed at external parties should include directions for who to contact and when they might expect a response. It’s good also to suggest people follow up because you just might not get to their email.
You’ve got to set yourself up so there’s the minimum pile-up while you’re gone