Hello 🙂 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 🙂 Do you have any vacation plans this summer?