Make us your home page
Instagram

Ease transition from vacation to work

The beach was so relaxing, the mountains so calm, the back porch so lazy, but that was last week. But with vacation over; it's time to get back to work. What can you do to minimize the jarring sense of being tossed back into the frying pan?

Start thinking about work while still in vacation mode, says Mike Ryan, a vice president at Madison Performance Group in New York City, which works with employee engagement.

"Have a list of things you want to accomplish as soon as you get back," he said.

While your mind is still in that relaxed state — and while you're on the flight or drive back — remember the projects, the e-mails and tasks that were still outstanding when you left. Prioritize what you want to get done.

"When you start to go through the things you need to do, it sets off mental reminders of other things," he said.

Of course, Ryan, who works at increasing employee engagement, tends to be kind of engaged as an employee.

"I've found that by the end of vacation, I'm looking forward to going back," he said — a comment that may cause many to stop reading here.

But he has some good ideas.

One is to work out after your first day back to get rid of the nervous energy that accumulates on the job.

"I find that if you commit yourself to working out after you get back, you can maintain that balance. It really helps you stay relaxed and maintain that edge," he said.

He plans to follow his own suggestions this summer on the first real vacation he has taken in about a decade. It seems Ryan is so engaged that he leaves a lot of vacation days on the table every year.

He also said people tend to earn their vacation the week before by setting up systems or finishing work that would be done while they were gone. Many often check e-mail and make calls while they are gone.

He has collected other ideas while working with people who don't have leftover vacation time and would rather not answer work calls while they are away.

Bring back something for your co-workers to share. If you've gone to the beach, bring back saltwater taffy. Everyone enjoys it, and it will remind you of time away.

Wear comfortable shoes: The last thing you want is to smash your feet, which have been lounging in sandals, into uncomfortable pumps.

Finally, wear sunscreen. It will protect your skin while you are outside, and the smell will remind you of the sun.

Ease transition from vacation to work 07/24/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 6:35pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rick Scott appoints 'my friend,' Jimmy Patronis, as Florida CFO

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed a long-time friend and political supporter, Jimmy Patronis, to replace Jeff Atwater as Florida's next chief financial officer, making him one of three members of the Cabinet that sets state policy on a wide range of issues. He'll take over Friday.

    Rick Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis (background) as CFO. [STEVE BOUSQUET | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Local gas prices are enjoying an unseasonal dip around the $2 mark just in time for the hectic Fourth of July holiday travel weekend.

    The price of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped to $1.99 at a Rally station on Pasadena Ave. South and Gulfport Boulevard South, South Pasadena.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  3. Air bag recalls, lawsuits lead Takata to file for bankruptcy

    Autos

    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

    Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators.
[(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]
  4. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.

    Corporate

    DETROIT — Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators.

  5. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

    Tourism

    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]