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)
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