After a relaxing summer vacation, when it’s time to get back into the swing of work life, it can be hard to get motivated. You no longer feel like you have something fun to look forward to in the near future. But just because the vacation is over, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to enjoy your life.
Follow these eight tips to ease back into the work week after your time off:
1. Plan your time off. Just because you’re back to work doesn’t mean that you need to make your life all about work. You should still have plenty of free time that you can plan out and enjoy to the fullest. Plan a fun evening for yourself or your family. You can even plan for a weekend trip somewhere in the near future.
2. Take it one day at a time. Sometimes, coming back to work can be overwhelming because there’s so much to do. Your mind may race through all the things you’ll need to accomplish over the next few weeks. That’ll make your thoughts unbearable and you’ll definitely long for the vacation that just ended.
* Instead, focus on one day at a time or even one moment at a time. Your work will get done, no matter how overwhelming it seems. And there will still be time for fun, too.
3. Organize your life on the first day back. When you first get back to work, spend a day “spring cleaning.” If you have a desk job, organize your computer files as well as your desk. This can help you feel a sense of accomplishment, while also clearing the clutter.
4. Do a few half days if you can afford it. If you still have vacation days left, you can ask your employer if it’s okay to do a couple of half days to transition yourself back to work. This way, you can start slowly when getting back into the work mentality. You’ll still have portions of your day that you can plan for yourself and your family.
5. Start planning your next trip early. Even if your next trip is far into the future, you can still dream about what it’ll be like. There are many benefits to planning early. When you book a trip early, you can take advantage of early bird discounts. Those who know what they want early will be there to grab the best deals.
6. Go somewhere special for lunch. On your first day back, plan a special lunch for yourself. You don’t have to delve immediately into the usual routine. Pack a special lunch or treat yourself to a meal at a restaurant you love.
7. Make a vacation scrapbook in your free time. Remember the good times you had on vacation by using your free time to make a scrapbook. You can do this after work or on weekends. It’s a great way to keep your vacation going in your mind.
8. Focus on what you like about your job. If transitioning back to work is turning out to be more difficult that you thought it would be, it might be because you’re focusing on the negative aspects of your job. Even people who have their dream jobs will tell you that there are certain things they simply don’t like. Strive to have a more positive mentality and focus on what you do like about your job.
Vacation time will be here again before you know it. Learn to enjoy your life no matter what time of year it is. Make the most of each moment by seeking ways to sprinkle that vacation mentality into every ordinary day.