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10 Tips on How to Overcome Post Vacation Blues.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

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Do you feel like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation? :)

After switching jobs and handing over my old job responsibilities in large global corporation I took much needed one week long vacation. Now when vacation is over I need to tune in full time into a new  full time work from home job in wonderful new fashion startup Trendcy which I will be doing on top of my blog work in two different time zones.

This change and new work environment made me feel a bit anxious but also motivated and super excited. So many exciting and positive changes coming up for me! In light of easing in into a new work role and recovering from post vacation blues I put together this post to help you overcome yours and also learn from you if you have any tips of your own to share!

Outsource and automate your work before & during vacation.

Ok, I have to admit I wasn't totally offline during my vacation in Dubrovnik. I had my work email coming to my iPhone (on the beach as well, yes) but in comparison to my regular work schedule where I worked late nights and weekends, at least I got a full eight hours of sleep daily and ate healthy home grown food.

Before going to vacation I completed all of my old job handover and also booked most of my social media pages posts and some of my blog posts in advance to keep somewhat of a timely posting schedule. This definitely helped me be fully relaxed during my short vacation.

Change where you work from.

Even when I worked in large corporations like Rugby Ralph Lauren, A&F or P&G I managed to take an hour (usually 8-9 am or 12-1pm) and go somewhere outside of the office, to park or to Starbucks have a cup of coffee or a lunch while working on planing new project or brainstorming. This helped me get away from usually nervous office environment, be more creative, breed different air and see things from another perspective. Strangely enough, I feel most creative when working during flights. :)

Organize your desk.

My best friends and family would tell you that I am anyways organization freak, my desk is always organized and clean but to get and extra kick of motivation after vacation in my home office in Barcelona which can get a bit dark late in afternoon I add fresh flowers to my desk in the morning or light a scented candle in the late afternoon and turn on some music (if I am not working on number crunching :)). Also, I like to have my desk clean with only one pencil handy and my TO DO list for the day.

Keep a first couple of days open from meetings and conference calls.

First couple of days coming back from vacation tend to be the worse (starting from getting up early in the morning and dressing up). What I do is that I free my first two days after vacation from conference calls and face to face meetings and I try to focus on first running through my emails and answering them in order received and as per urgency, then I set my goals and to do list for the week and jump on it one by one, not to get to overwhelmed. I drink a lot of water and every 3 hours I take my dog to a 15min walk to also get some air and walk around a bit.

Block out all distractions.

With being totally ADD myself I learned to turn off all social media notifications while working, empty my desk, set a daily and weekly time tracker and consciously force and remind myself to follow my 'to do' list. I also put my cellphone on mute for the first 4 hours of the day and only take SMS messages so I ensure all emails at least for my time zone are answered quickly.

Do your favorite things first.

Even though we all might adore our job there are things in every business which you enjoy doing as much like for example paperwork, taxes etc. however, we all must do them anyways. To get motivated and start my day with a lot of energy, after delicious breakfast I first do things I like to do the most and this is project planing and creative brainstorming. I found that early in the morning or late at night are the best times for me to do this as this is when my house is most quite and I feel at peace.

Work shorter first day back so you don't get overwhelmed.

One of the most important things I learned working in a few large corporations is never to get to emotional and never to panic but be actionable and focus on problem solving, this process also included not being to harsh on yourself and not overkilling yourself with workload every day, all day.

First two days after vacation I get up a bit later - in between 9-10 and take longer breaks more often until i am fully back in my work rhythm. 

Get your routine back.

Getting your daily routine back doesn't just mean catching up with your emails. This means getting back in your routing of going to sleep and waking up earlier, eating your meals at the same time and working out. I found that is really important for both my family (boyfriend and dog) and I to have our daily routine back to avoid stress and get our work done.

Resume your usual diet and fitness as soon as possible.

Not many of us continue to work out daily during  vacation. Although I brought my work out mat and fabulous bright Victorias Secret and Nike work out gear with me to Dubrovnik, I haven't used it once. Instead of beating myself about it I now try to ease my body back into workout routine by gradually increasing the time of working out from half an hour to hour and a half to two. 

On top, I am back to making my veggie and fruit morning and post workout smoothies.

Ensure plenty of time for good night sleep.   

I was one of the idiots saying "I'll get some sleep when I'm dead" type of things. Boy was I wrong! Working day and night doesn't make you better employee or more hardworking then others, it makes you sleep deprived, less productive and eventually - sick. Famous Arianna Huffington is one of the biggest advocates of good night sleep after she collapsed from exhaustion. 


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2 fabulous comments

  1. Awesome tips!
    Especially love the last one :)


    1. Thanks CC! So so true, sleeping is invaluable!


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