Coming back from a few days out of the office can be hectic. You usually wish you were still on vacation, and you find it difficult to get back into the swing of things.
Before heading out on Thanksgiving vacation — or any vacation — try these actions to make re-entry more enjoyable:
- On your to-do list, quickly comment a few words about your status on active items. For instance, if you’re waiting for someone to return your call before you can proceed with a new action, scribble next to the item, “Still waiting for Diane to call me back, as of noon on 2/24/10.”
- Clear all finished work off your desk and return it to its proper storage space.
- Gather together all work you will need the morning of your return, put it in a folder, and store the folder in a place that is easily accessible — such as the front of your filing cabinet. Then, put a sticky note on the top sheet in the folder detailing exactly what you need to do the morning of your return.
- Back up your computer or network drive, per your company’s back-up process. This is especially important if you will be taking your workplace laptop with you on vacation.
- If possible, schedule a call or meeting for an hour or two after you plan to arrive back at work. This way, you’ll have immediate responsibilities to tend to and goofing off will be less tempting.
Also, don’t forget to set a notification on your voicemail and e-mail if this is common practice at your place of employment.
Now, go and enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation!