I’m writing this on my first day back at “work” after 2 and a half weeks of Christmas and a perfect Aussie summer beach staycation. It took my brain a week to slow down and after that (another week and a half) has been fantastic. A beautiful rhythm of beach life of walks to the beach, swimming, cafes, kayaking, exploring wild swimming places, painting and cocktails.
Here’s a few holiday snaps from one of our exploring days:
As always after a holiday, no matter how much you love what you do, it can take a few cranks of the keys in the “mental ignition” before the business woman engine catches on and starts to rev up.
So what better way to get back into work mode than do something I love, and that’s record a podcast episode for you.
And what better topic than the one I’m struggling with myself today, and that’s how to get back into work mode after a vacation.
In this week’s episode I share:
- In hindsight, the last thing I COULD have done on my last day of work before leaving for holidays… and how it would have made the transition to reality easier
- The importance of sleep cycles and vacation mode.
- How to use your Vacation Brain to improve your business
- Priorities for the first day back
- How to keep the holiday vibe and still be productive in business
- What Goldilocks has to do with your first day back
I’ve also written a short “cheat Sheet” article on the 7 steps I follow to Get Back Into Work Mode After a Vacation with some handy links to help you, if the transition back to reality eludes you.
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7 Steps To Get Back Into Work Mode After a Vacation
Reclaim Your Business Sleep Cycle
If you’re like me, you’re sleep cycle may have defaulted to holiday time, instead of productive, world domination mode.
So get to bed early! (boring I know but important).
Set that alarm baby and get up!
Simply creating this structure to your days will move you out of lazy time.
Cut yourself some slack for a few days
Before you went on holidays you were very likely super woman / man. That person who powered through the to-do list with adrenaline fueled energy, so you can go on holidays.
You probably imagined yourself coming back after holidays, super fresh from relaxing, and hitting the ground running. That’s so not going to happen if you really did get to wind down on your break.
So set your goals (for example on your wake up time, to do’s etc) but allow yourself a day or so to get in the swing of things.
But only a few days!
Consciously Keep the Holiday Vibe
If you’re relaxed after a great break, be careful not to switch into head down bum up mode too fast. Otherwise you’ll need another holiday by the end of the week!
Instead consciously create a vacation vibe in your work space.
Here’s a few very simple ways:
- Music that keeps the vibe
- Burn essential oils
- Place a few mementos on your desk and allow yourself to stop and spend a few moments of mindfulness in pleasant thoughts.
- Schedule short breaks more often and consciously visualise / meditate on calmness and joy. Then bring that energy back to your work.
Actually, I do all the above most days to stay focused and calm.
Allow your first day back to be a planning and catch up day
It can be easy to get into micro-mode on return from a break.
Answering emails, getting stuck into looming deadlines etc.
Instead, take time to get clear on the big picture.
Do an assessment of any unfinished tasks from before you left, clarity on important goals and commitments for the next few weeks and top priorities.
Schedule this overview and planning for Day 1 and resist the urge to action items immediately.
Instead of schedule WHEN they will be actioned and then do them in that order. That way you won’t get overwhelmed by “stuff”.
And hey, if you ever start to feel overwhelmed in business, this article on 8 steps to free yourself from overwhelm in business is a great place to start.
If you start to feel overwhelmed by all the crazy things you feel you need to get done in the next week or so, then use this fast and simple template I use to quickly identify priorities. You can download it here.
Connect With Your Team and Your Top Clients
Relationships are your top priority in business so make reconnecting a priority.
This doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment.
A simple email, message, post in a customer support group or super-quick phone call is important on the first day.
Simply to say “I’m baaaack” and you’re here for them.
This is a simple customer service, and leadership touch point that can make a big difference.
Make The Most of Your Relaxed Mind
If you are relaxed from a holiday, this is the perfect time to tap into the right side of your mind.
This is the creative side that is so often ignored when our left sided brain takes over to power through all the to-do actions.
So use this strategically.
I’ve mentioned visualising, mediation and mindfulness above.
That’s not just woo-woo feel good stuff (which by the way I’m totally for too).
These are also tools to help you tap into your creativity so when you do these exercises, consciously ask your subconscious the question “what is a new way to look at what I’m doing?” or ask about a specific project, goal or issue.
Also bring this new energy to the next step.
Make a Reality Check of Your Year and Next Quarter Plans
I have very clear steps my VIP clients and I use to create simple 90 day plans that work to keep us focused, accountable and motivated.
There is nothing better than returning to that 90 day plan immediately after a holiday and ask yourself the question:
Does this plan seem too big or too small, with the clarity I have with my vacation vibe?
I often find one of three things happens:
I’m clearer on WHY I do what I do and I realise my 90 day plan is thinking too small!
I don’t mean I hadn’t planned to do enough work.
It very often means I planned to be busy with things that were more of the same, and not really pushing me out of my comfort zone.
I have stopped running on adrenaline and realise I had a 90 day plan to burn out
Yep I’ve done this too many times over the years.
When I’m focused I’m totally on fire and I keep on going!
However, that’s not always the most effective way to make a difference through my business.
Often less is more (my mantra for the last 12 months and likely to be the lesson I still focus on this year).
Slowing down often gives me the clarity on how to simplify.
If you feel the burn out coming, you might find this article on how to get out of a funk in business over here.
The Goldilocks moment
That’s what I experienced today, when I returned to work and did everything I’ve listed above.
I reviewed my plan and had that rare moment when everything was JUST RIGHT.
Pure Goldilocks moment.
I find if I do THIS end of year ritual before I do my yearly plan, the Goldilocks moments occur far more often.
Over To You
I’d love to hear any rituals, hacks and special tips you use to get your business mojo back when you have been on vacation.
Share below or even better, take a screen grab of the podcast above and share it on Instagram or Facebook and tag me I it sharing your tip. I’ll choose great tips and re post to my story in Instagram or Facebook and help shine the light on you.
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