Supercharge Productivity Going Back to Work After a Vacation

Posted by Guest on September 17, 2020

Going back to work after a vacation can be a struggle
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Published on September 17, 2020

Going back to work after a vacation? For many, getting back into a regular work routine after a holiday can be a struggle. The change of pace can take a while to get used to. However, there are many great benefits to taking time off work. Taking a vacation allows you to clear your head, de-stress, and renew your energy for the next months of work. You can use this restart as an opportunity to supercharge your productivity. Here are a few tips on improving productivity at work after a holiday.

Organize Your Emails

Despite your Out Of Office Message, upon returning to work after vacation, you are likely to have countless unopened emails waiting for you in your inbox. One of your first tasks when you return to the office should be to organize and arrange your emails in order of importance. Focus on tackling your most urgent emails first and set aside the others for a later time. Most email clients, like Mailbird, have a snooze feature that lets you snooze emails and have them come back at a later time in the day, week or month.

This is a great feature for going through your emails fast and gaining control over your inbox while working away on the emails relevant to your current focus. Another good tip is to set an automated reply message on these emails, simply explaining why it may take longer to hear back from you. This will allow you to focus on more pressing work tasks.

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Write a To-Do List

One of the best ways to stay productive when going back to work after a vacation is to create or update your to-do list. Each day, write down a list of tasks that need to be completed by the end of the day. Break down any larger projects into smaller, executable tasks so that they feel less daunting. Setting a clear plan for your day will allow you to manage your time better and stay on top of all your various tasks. There are loads of great, helpful task management apps like Asana, Todoist or Wunderlist. Best to try out a few of them to see which suits your needs and workflow best. 

If you are working with an email client, you can use its integrations or native task management apps. Mailbird, for example, has integrations with Moo.Do, Asana, Todoist and Wunderlist. They all work differently but have the same goal — your stress-free Inbox.

Create a to-do list to avoid feeling down after vacation

Exercise at Work

Doing regular exercise throughout the workday can help with feeling down after vacation. More and more companies are incorporating fitness opportunities in the workplace to encourage their employees to stay physically fit, healthy, energized and happy. If there aren’t any fitness facilities in your office, you can still find ways to get your exercise throughout the day. During your lunch break, go for a walk outside or around the office. Opt for the staircase instead of the elevator. If you’re in a small office, why not have a quick jog on the spot? Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress. You will be a more productive employee if you feel healthy in your body and mind.

Plan Your Next Holiday

Vacation and productivity go hand in hand, so it’s never too early to plan your next holiday. As you return to work, take a look at the next 12 months and think about when to book your next flight. By booking a holiday, you will have something to look forward to throughout the year. Instead of feeling down because your break is over, you can feel excited about your next one, which will keep you motivated during the next months of work. Plus, if you book a holiday far enough in advance, this will ensure you won’t waste your time off.

Upon coming back to work after a long vacation, start planning again!

Take Regular Breaks

It may seem counterproductive to take regular breaks throughout the workday, but sitting at your desk all day is not beneficial for your productivity and health. It can leave you feeling restless and unmotivated, which will only decrease your productivity, especially when you’re back to work after a long vacation. Taking short breaks at regular intervals gives you the much-needed opportunity to recharge and refocus. You’ll be much more efficient with your time if you feel energized throughout the day.

There is a nice variety of apps available to remind you to take breaks. Stretchly, for example, encourages you to take micro-breaks to get your productivity going again. The open-source app displays a friendly pop-up encouraging you to rest your eyes or step away from the PC for a set duration of time.

Vacation and productivity can go hand-in-hand

What do you do to supercharge your productivity when going back to work after a vacation? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Tips on increasing productivity

Sofia Lockett is a freelance writer from New Zealand. She loves writing articles about career and lifestyle. You can see more of her work on Tumblr.

How do I cope with going back to work after vacation? 

Here are some tips to easy your transition back to work after a vacation: 
1. Delegate your tasks to colleagues. 
2. Clean your desk before your holiday. 
3. Create a to-do list of projects you need to work on. 
4. Take an extra day off after your vacation and before resuming work. 

How long does it take to relax on vacation? 

Although a short vacation has been found to be relaxing, taking a holiday for at least eight days allows you to  unwind completely and come back to work refreshed. 

Is 2 weeks too long for a vacation? 

Taking a two-week holiday may sound incredible, but you could return from the vacation with more stress as the work keeps piling up. Taking a week-long vacation may be best as it is more manageable, and you don’t have as much on your plate when you return. 

What should I do the week before my vacation? 

Here are some pre-vacation tasks you need to undertake before your vacation: 
1. Let your colleagues and clients know you are taking a break. 
2. Complete your most important tasks before leaving. 
3. Let your manager know how to reach you in case of emergency. 
4. Check your social media accounts. 


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Published on September 17, 2020

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