Hey Sveta! I was just writing about it! It will be posted on Friday :) WOW!
But I can share 3 tips:
1 - Accept the fact your vacation is over;
2 - Start off by organizing your agenda - a priority list;
3- Focus on the positive
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@ingrid_azeredo Love your tactic @ingrid_azeredo! I think points 1. and 3. are particularly important, also cause they are a bit less pragmatic, I think people may look over them. Actually, I share your view, those are critical!
@basv I can give you 100s of excuses, but they are all excuses and nothing else.
I've been an Entrepreneur for the past 10 years. I work a lot, but I don't often find time for myself. When it comes to businesses the dates are always set in stone. But when it comes to my personal life, there's always the "next month" 😑
But I'm working on it, I promise 😅
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slowly! take your time getting back into it; don't dive in headfirst to your sea of 1000 emails. do a little at a time, set a timer to give yourself breaks, and give yourself a treat after any big accomplished task
I have found it to be more productive and many times easier. To not only plan a vacation but also plan an early return to home base.
When that is not possible then there is good old Plan B....
First, take care of emergency work needing immediate attention and response. Keep the most important boss, customer, client, happy and things usually work out better. (But Not Always)
Second, after accomplishing the above. Then, organize all what is left-over by priority on a note pad. And scratch them off when completed.
Third, the above provided a way for me to see things being accomplished. As each day the list stopped growing and started to shrink down. It is just a mind thing but it worked for me, maybe it will for you too!
Are they so much harder though? I guess it also depends on how long the vacation is! To me, right now, 1 week feels like ages, but in a past life 3 weeks was a short one :D
Jokes aside, my number one trick is making the come-back days custom to the special situation I am in as I integrate back into my routine. As the CEO of a fast-growing startup if I go missing for a long vacation (1 week) I got two things that are top of mind:
- The team: progress made and blockers
- The emails: a tsunami of follow-ups to do usually
If my usual routine I save specific, very circumscribed slots for emails, and work with the team is ongoing with regular meetings and some ad hoc ones. This won't ever work after a week out. So the first 2 days I make sure to be still on holiday for the outer world while I spend large chunks of time with the team catching up and working together, then I spend some time on emails.
BTW, I do team first, emails second. So many things will be so much clearer going through email after having discussed them with the team.
This is just my setup, nothing too useful nor inspiring for most I guess. My point is just, treat those special days for what they are, not ordinary days. Create an ad-hoc schedule for those.
What do you think about this @basv? What tricks did/didn't work for you in the past?
Obviously you'd have to first begin updating yourself with what happened while you were gone. For documentation first companies, that's usually easy. Otherwise, you'd have to buddy up with someone who can give you that information precisely as possible. Honestly, departments, teams and companies should have daily internal digests for exactly this. Checking out one's email inbox simply isn't enough.