It’s always hard to return to work coming off a long-weekend. But what’s even harder, is unplugging while away from the office. Even when there’s tons of science out there to back up not only the health benefits of taking a vacation but unplugging while on the beach.
Here are some ways to return to the office feeling refreshed and not stressed about the pile of work waiting for you.
Whether you’re planning to disconnect from work completely or simply to keep your work time minimized, you need a clear plan of attack for how you’re going to use your devices while in vacation mode. Turn off all notifications and move apps that you’re tempted to open to a “Do Not Open” folder. Just creating this extra step should make it harder for you to mindlessly wander around.
I’ll be Swamped when I Return
This might be true. Constantly looking at, or even responding to messages, won’t actually get you head, rather it’ll just stress you out when you see what’s waiting for you.
Prepare to Leave, Ditch the Guilt
Assuming you’re asking your team members to simply cover for you, there’s no reason to feel guilty. That’s what being a part of a team is about! A few days before you leave, send out an email as a reminder letting your co-workers know you won’t be checking your work email while you’re away.