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Post-Vacation Restart!

We all know what it feels like ... a week away from the office with no commitments is a good way to recharge the batteries. However the return always has a price attached ... a build-up of email, some urgent tasks that need to be addressed, perhaps some personnel issues etc. Like most of us, I have been known to question whether the break was worth it ... the reality of course is that it is worth it! The "post vacation restart" is just a fact of life, and we quickly get back "into the groove" ... IF getting into the groove is what you want to do. Sometimes the post vacation restart is an opportunity to change things up a little. To re-evaluate whether all of the things you do, and the way that you do them are as efficient as possible, or even necessary! Here are some of the things I like to do when I get back from a break. 1. I like to get into the office for a few hours before the work week begins to catch up on emails and any urgent issues. It allows me to start the actual work week more efficiently ... and for me, relieves some stress. 2. I will reevaluate my involvement in all of the different areas that I am currently involved ... within the business and externally (charities, industry associations etc). I will ask myself some tough questions: Am I bringing true value in those roles? Have I been doing it too long ... and perhaps getting a little stale? Could I bring more value elsewhere? Could someone else do a better job? Could I "outsource" some/all of the tasks? Could I mentor someone else to do the role? Is the role really necassary and does it need me to do it? Do I still get enjoyment/satisfaction from the role? 3. I will look at my time management system and see if there are things I could do differently there. Could I be more efficient with my time? What three things could I do differently that would have an impact? 4. I will take time to ensure my planning is on paper before I dive into any new projects ... and I will have a good sense that I am in control. Keeping the "system" going in real time is key to staying in control. 5. I will plan my next vacation! We all need a break ... we don't need to let the "post vacation restart" be so stressful that we wish we hadn't gone! ----------------------------------------------- Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company) Want to know where Canada's hot jobs are? Visit the Eagle Job Centre! -----------------------------------------------