Saturday, January 2, 2010

Post Vacation Dilemma Part 2

I've read tips online on how to successfully bounce back to reality. Reality being that we, at some point, have to get back to work. Whether we love our work or not, there would be transitioning involved.

It's never been easy especially for someone like me. Festive holiday food with unlimited use of TV while having your Facebook open 24/7 with an interesting book to serve as your creative diversion is a formula for work-coma. It would take me a day or two to get back on work mode. And I'm afraid guilt and pressure are negative sources of motivation for me, but motivation nonetheless.

You would also notice that it's easier to transition from work to vacation than from a good vacation to work. Humans, I believe, are overworked with life that's why we jump to the most familiar thing that we're all good at. Respective brands of leisure whether it may be with your couch, with food, with road trips or upscale hotel luxury.

Before you move backwards and bond with your bed, you have to know the D-Date. The Dreadful Date of going back to work. You have to be aware and to prepare. What does the person do at the gym before he goes on training? Warm up, lest he makes a mistake of stressing an unused muscle and have a quick trip to the ER. From vacations to work, our mind and bodies need a wake-up call, a good transition, so that our first days at work wouldn't be that bad and disastrous.



One usual mistake of ours is extending vacations that tend to stress than de-stress, due to grueling length of travel or mode. If you have work on Monday, you don't want to rush home on a Sunday night and face the task of unpacking and managing last minute household tasks. Before you know it, you'll be more tired than ever. Extended vacation without at least half a day to recover before work is a disaster. You've got to schedule one free day to relax from a long trip. You have to get a grip on familiar things. Setting the body clock on time is crucial so skip the additional drinking sessions and extended stay in the province. You have to calm your overexcited and hyped up mind.


Cleaning up is one effective way of getting your body and mind to shape. Whether it may be cleaning up your room, your social networking sites, your bookshelves or your desk. Cleaning and organizing could prepare our mind for bigger and more serious settings at work. Walking the dog or discussing household matters also help us savor reality. It reminds us how wonderful being productive really is. Once we get a taste of accomplishment and organization, our mind preps us for more.


Don't fill your plate immediately. Performing basic tasks and catching up with emails are perfect ways to spend your first day at work. You have to get your groove back and be familiar with what you left off. Talking to office mates about minor stuff is also encouraged. Catching up with bosses and making notes on how one would tackle a project is also advised. Big and hardcore meetings, cramming for deadlines and pressuring oneself should be dealt with in a couple of days, not on the first day. Transitioning takes time; being a sustainable performer is progressive. Do it slowly but surely.


It's hard to go back to reality. But it's even harder to accept that you have to go back to the exact same reality where you left off. No improvements. No developments. Nothing seems to be new. This is where challenging oneself comes in. Before you go back to work, think of new tasks you could do. Plan on how you would tackle it on the first day. Talk to bosses for possible projects that you could oversee. Have lunch with colleagues on the first day. Rearrange your workstation and put something useful and new at your desk. Revisit your training module and look up for seminars you could possible attend. Think of something new that you could do to enhance your work environment.


Think of positive things why you love your job. Write it on post its to visibly see how lucky you are working for your particular company. Put pictures of friends and family who motivate you to do your job well. Picture your next ideal vacation so that it would motivate you to meet deadlines, save and work for money and be excited day after day. In terms of association, look for people who will not drag you with their work blues and stay with them.

If you feel bad going back to work from a short or long vacation, it's normal. All you need is a good transition. Just imagine your mind and body coming down from heaven and about to feel the pressure and pain in earth. Who would want to go back to modern slavery? But we feed on reality and reality dictates that we have to work to sustain ourselves and be more fulfilled individuals. We need avenues to accomplish and make ourselves productive. We have to keep the wheels turning somehow or we'll end up being left behind with nothing to look forward to. Always remember that work-life balance is a key to a good life.

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