Hello + 5 Tips to get back to work after a vacation

May 24 2015
Hello πŸ™‚ I am super happy to be back! Wow, that was a lovely-long vacation and I feel so fresh and rejuvenated from it. I had a lovely time with my family and friends back in India and absolutely enjoyed the tropical weather. But I have to say, as much as I enjoyed every moment of my holiday, I missed my blog and the everyday work routine equally. However, this vacation helped me really relax and gain a fresh perspective about work, life and understand the importance of a balance between the two.
Getting back to work after a vacation can be hard if you are not prepared for it. From weeks of light-hearted chatter, awesome Indian food, absolute lazing around and being pampered by family, I had to get back to a huge inbox of unread emails, piled up work, cooking, household chores and a never ending to-do list. At first, it was all a bit overwhelming, but then I decided to sit down and think through how to handle my post-holiday blues. Here are a few things that  are helping me ease into my everyday routine.
Begin early: If possible, get started with work earlier than scheduled. This will give you some time to get back into the work zone, set your mood and plan for the tasks ahead. I spent a couple of hours the night I got back from my vacation to settle in and catch up on all the things I had missed at work. This helped prepare my mind and avoid the headache of having to deal with everything the next morning.
Start slow: When you get back from a vacation, there are several things that may need your attention. Don’t get into everything at once, take things slowly, one at a time. If not, you may get overwhelmed and risk a burn out. 
Create a to-do list: Transfer all the tension from your mind to paper. Create a to-do list of every task you need to complete with the number of hours you require for each and the time it needs to be completed by. Once you have everything in front of you, you can make a schedule to work through your to-do list. I love this app called todoist which makes lists all the more fun.
Prioritize: If there are several tasks that require your immediate attention, it becomes very important to prioritize. Organize your to-do list according to priority and first finish the tasks that are important and urgent. Handling the most important tasks at the beginning helped take the load off my mind and avoid stress.
Relax: Your mind will need time to transition from holiday to normal mode. So relax and take it easy. Now that we have a plan to get through the huge pile of work, there is nothing to worry or stress about. All we need to do is stick to the plan and the rest is taken care of. 
I am really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things – especially with blogging and my design shop. Lots of exciting things coming up for PinkPot in the coming months, can’t wait to share them with you all!
Happy Sunday πŸ™‚ Do you have any vacation plans this summer?

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  • Good to see you back on my feed love! I'm glad you had a good vacation! I agree with you completely. I think too many people go on vacation to feel good & relax, then kinda throw it all away when they come back to their realities & stress out about work related things. There's no purpose in that! You just gotta stay positive & let your time away be what it's meant to be: a much-needed refresh!

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

  • Hi Chiatra! Glad to hear that you had a lovely vacation! I would love to visit India someday! Thank you for these tips as I might need them later on when i also go on vacation! Welcome back!

    Blog: A whole lot of serendipity

  • Those pictures are gorgeous!

    Paige // The Joys of Being Paige

  • I always find that getting up early and getting a jump start on my day changes my entire mood! Great post! XX


  • These are fab tips. I always struggle to get back into a routine because I still want to be on holiday! Hope you had a great time πŸ™‚ x

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

  • Great tips, I hope you had an amazing holiday!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • welcome back…hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  • Welcome back! If I have a lot to do, I like to divide errands into different lists. So you can tackle one list at the time, probably things of the same type, which is really efficient in my opinion.


  • Hello sofia πŸ™‚ How are you? I am so glad to be back too! Yes i completely agree, there is no point in a vacation if you are going to be worrying about work. You just gotta unplug sometimes! πŸ™‚ x

  • Thanks πŸ™‚ x

  • Thanks a lot paige πŸ™‚ hope you are well x

  • Hi miriam! Thanks so much. I hope you visit India sometime soon, its a lovely place. Where are you planning a vacation to? xx

  • Nice to have you back! Good tips for getting back into it, so many people dive in and feel like they never had a holiday at all.. Need to get planning mine!

    x SΓ­le

  • I completely agree with you hannah πŸ™‚ It just makes you feel more in control of your day xx

  • Hi Rhiannon πŸ™‚ I had a great time , thank you! Ha ha πŸ˜‰ I totally get you, the holiday mood just doesnt go away! x

  • Hi maddy πŸ™‚ I had a great time, thank you! x

  • Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I did have a great time! x

  • Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Ah, the multiple lists idea is awesome, I ll definitely give it a go! x

  • Hi sile πŸ™‚ Thank you! Awesome, are you planning for a summer vacation ? xx

  • We took a little holiday the week before Memorial Day. We went to the beach and it was a nice change. That's probably the extent of it for us until the fall, when we'll go to the mountains. Living in Central North Carolina is great that way! Around 4 hours to the mountains or the beach – take your pick! My problem getting back into the routine is definitely prioritizing. I feel like everything needs to be done **Right Now** and then I do indeed get overwhelmed! I need a course in prioritization!

  • The worst part for me about getting back to work after a break is the INSANE work load. While you're away the work just piled up and so when you get back you have this crazy mountain of to do's to work your way through and that always makes me very nervous and stressed out. Taking it one step at a time and being organized about it definitely helps, though, that's true.

  • I got married last August so we might go back to Austria, where we got engaged, or stay closer to home with a spa break in Ireland where we got married πŸ™‚

  • Valerie H

    Chaitra…so nice to connect with you, so excited you are doing my blog design. Your blog is lovely, glad you had a nice vacation. The pictures are lovely as well. Have a nice weekend !

  • Hi_D

    I absolutely need this because everytime I come from a vacation, the first day of work is always like hell. haha! That's probably because I don't want the vacation to be over. Thanks for sharing!

    Stay Wonderful Always,
    Kintsugi of Life

  • Hi Jenny. Thanks so much for reading. Me too, I need to learn to prioritize better πŸ™‚ P.S: I 'll reply to your email soon xx

  • Hi melissa πŸ™‚ Exactly – that scary to-do list. Thankfully I am getting through it one by one. Hope you are well, the big day is nearing πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Me too valerie πŸ™‚ Thanks so much! Hope you had a great weekend! x

  • Ha ha, i completely agree Heidi πŸ™‚ Vacations should never be over πŸ˜›

  • Bonnie Rodgers

    Great article, with solid, practical approaches for a realistic re-entry into work life after a fabulous vacation!