Irrespective of the profession that you are in, it is inevitable that your work life will have a certain degree of monotonousness and regularity. Most people are not fond of this but tend to accept it as a part and parcel of life. After all, one needs money for survival and their job gives them precisely that.
However, adhering to the routine of office work becomes tough if you are not used to the same. This type of situation arises only when you return from a holiday. No matter what the number of days is that you have spent out of town, the fact is once you get back the normal routine work seems to be difficult to follow.
While there is no shortcut solution to this problem, there are indeed a few tips and tricks that will help you to deal with the situation. In this article, we shall talk about 5 such tips.
1. Return One Day Early
It is understandable that a holiday means that you will be enjoying yourself and you would want to make the most of it by spending as much time out of town as is possible. However, realise that doing that will not lead you anywhere. It will be physically and mentally exhausting for you to get back to the routine of normal office work directly after a holiday.
Most people also tend to sleep less during the holidays which makes matters worse. That is why it is a good idea to return back to town a day early. Use that extra day to catch up on all that lost sleep and relive the wonderful moments with your friends and family. This will make your transition to routine life a much more smoother one.
2. Turn On Your Out Of Office
When you try to communicate with somebody and the other person does not respond to you, you obviously feel irritated. If this goes on for a number of days at a stretch, it might result in you sending out angry emails and messages to the other person.
Now, when you are on a vacation and somebody else is trying to communicate with you, the tables will turn. This will leave you with a huge number of irate emails and messages when you get back. Since you would not want such a thing to happen to you, the ideal course of action on your part would be to set up an out of office responder before you leave for your vacation.
Be very specific about whom they should contact in case of an emergency and mention the exact date when you will resume your duties in the responder.
3. Plan Your Meetings
Since you have been out of office for a few days, it is natural that quite some things might have happened in the midst and you will have to catch up with all of that in the form of meetings. It will be wise on your part to plan out these meetings in such a fashion that your day is not cramped with too many of those.
Doing so will bring down your productivity in each of the meetings. Thus, it is a good idea to sit back and take some time out to schedule the meetings in a planned fashion. This will ensure maximum productivity and make things easier for you.
4. Prioritise Your Work
Once you get back from a vacation, it is obvious that there will be a lot of things that will demand your attention. Sit back and decide on what is more important than the other. Once you have chalked it out in your mind, make a to-do list of the same and start attending to the tasks on the basis of their priority.
The same can be said with respect to your emails as well. After coming from a long holiday, make sure that you read all the emails and then decide on which one you need to attend to and in which order. If you try doing all the work at a time, you will not be able to do justice to any of it.
Hence, the best way to get back to your routine is to be calm about the pending tasks and prioritise the same in an efficient manner.
5. Schedule Some Contingency Time
Once you have prioritised your work and set out a to-do list, the next thing that you will want to do is accommodate the tasks in your schedule. However, while planning out your day, make sure that you leave some time for contingencies. It is humane on your part to not feel like working at a stretch for a long time immediately after returning back from a holiday.
There is no reason for you to feel guilty about it. Rather, try accommodating small breaks in your schedule as and when you feel like it. To be able to do so, make sure that you schedule some contingency time while planning out your workday.
This needs to be done for the first 4 to 5 days after returning back from a holiday. Once this initial post-holiday blues are over, things will get back to normal on their own.
Thus, you see that with a little bit of planning on your part, it is possible to make a smooth transition from a holiday phase to that of a normal workday. There is no reason for you to spend your quality vacation time worrying about how to get back to work.