While a vacation often presents a welcome break from the rhythm of everyday life, it can also wear you out. The time in the sun, the hectic schedule, and the days filled with jam-packed activities can leave you exhausted by the time you get home. The vacation will also interrupt your work schedule, affecting not only your daily routines but your productivity and motivation as well.
As your latest vacation fades into memory, youare faced with the prospect of settling back into those routines. You may not find it an easy task! If you find yourself wrestling with attention, motivation, and productivity, try some of these tips on for size.
1. Establish a Routine
After the excitement of a vacation, it’s now time to rediscover the daily rhythms of living.
For most people, that means getting up and going to work, in addition to the more humdrum activities of daily living such as grocery shopping or making dinner.
Routine can be welcome, especially after an interruption like a far-off vacation. You may have felt you earned the break (and you did), but now it’s time to settle back into something more stable and sustainable.
The best thing you can do is establish or re-establish a routine for yourself. Go to bed on time and get enough sleep. Try to arrive on time to work. If you can add hitting the gym or physical exercise into your daily routine, even better!
2. Mix It Up
As comforting as routines are for most people, they can also become monotonous and, well, a little boring. Be sure to mix things up a little bit to keep things fresh around the office.
Even small changes can be welcome escapes from routine. Maybe you and the rest of your co-workers organize an informal lunch one day a week to provide something to look forward to and to break up the routine.
Another way to keep things fresh is to find learning opportunities. Is there an upcoming workshop on social media or healthful eating? Sign up and learn something new! Also challenge yourself outside of work. Picking up a new hobby can give you something to look forward to on the weekends.
3. Commit to Wellness
Another thing you can do to improve your return to work after a vacation is make a commitment to wellness.
Exercise benefits not just your physical body but your mental health as well. Physical activity is a proven stress-buster. Hitting a noon-hour cycle class or yoga class, or even just taking a stroll can break up your day in a pleasant way. You’ll likely return mentally refreshed and feeling more upbeat.
4. Know When to Reach Out
Winter weather, with cold days, snow, and early sunsets can make it more difficult to get up in the morning or to feel motivated. This is especially true when you’ve left the sun behind after a vacation in a warm climate.
If you find yourself struggling more than usual to get back to work after a vacation, don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. It could be more than just the “winter blues” setting in. Protect your mental health. It’s an important factor in your motivation and productivity at work.
Making the transition back to work shouldn’t be difficult. With these tips in hand, you can make it the easiest it’s ever been.