Many studies have shown that the more often employees take vacations, the more productive they are at work. But what’s the best way to manage your return to the office without going crazy, or worse yet breaking down in tears from the same unansw ered emails and missed calls that you ignored so well on the road? We’ve got a few tips for you.
1. LEAVE YOUR GUILTY CONSCIENCE AT HOME
It’s important to handle all of your obligations before you leave. To rest easier, feel free to work a little longer on the last days before you leave. Don’t leave anything for “later.” A guilty conscience really isn’t the ideal partner on the road.
2. STAY CALM AFTER YOUR RETURN
On the first days after your return from recreation, spoil yourself for a little while longer: leave yourself enough time, and don’t make hurried decisions. Psychologists also recommend that you come home two days before starting work if you can. Don’t place any unrealistic goals on your sunburned chest, and plan your work so that you can do the important things first. If something can wait, then let it.
“First water the flowers and feed the fish, and only then set your priorities. Above all, you shouldn’t try to get everything in order right on your first day home,” advises psychologist Zdeňka Sládečková.
3. YOUR TEAMMATES WILL FILL YOU IN
Suddenly not sure what’s going on at work? Not keeping up with your routine? Take advantage of support from your teammates. They’ll be more than glad to root you in reality once again. Feel free to request their help if you need to. While doing so, you can share your funny vacation stories, but don’t drown them in long tales of everything that happened. Not only are most people not interested, but the ones whose vacations are still far off will curse you with a smile.
4. BRING YOUR COMFORT BACK HOME
When you’re back, choose to enjoy at least some of the comfort that you got used to during your vacation. Head to a restaurant, for example, and sleep in a little. Good rest will never stop being a priority for your body; savor it even after you return. Try heading to bed a little earlier and doing something pleasant before you sleep, like reading a book, walking in a park, or watching a movie. Meanwhile, one warning—some people are extra-sensitive to jet lag and can need several days to adjust. Careful with the yawns at meetings!
5. BE POSITIVE AND BE A PLANNER
Psychologists state that it’s entirely normal to feel a little sad after returning from vacation. But even if you’re missing the freer atmosphere and drinks at the beach bar, try to draw more positive energy than negative from these memories. Convince yourself that you’re looking forward to work. A grumbling mind simply wastes your time, and will also make it harder for you to focus.
“It’s better to go over your upcoming day and week and imagine what you’ll be doing when. In short to think about the future, even if it’s just the closest future,” recommends psychologist Vladimír Täubner.
And if your thoughts of your vacation just won’t let you go, then simply start planning your next one.