So much is written on what to do when prepping up for a trip, myself being guilty as charged; but rarely will you find some much needed tips on how to unwind ‘post long weekend’ and get back your drive.
Your finger tips are probably still hurting from hitting the selfie sharing button one too many times, and your adrenaline is still raging; but you have to breathe back in the familiar as well as check those mails you previewed in the haste of the long weekend vacation (now gone!) How short can a long weekend be! Jovago.com, an online hotel booking company has put together eight tried and tested ways to help you ease into your usual schedule.
1. Be Realistic
Whether gone for a day, a week or month; every hour off your work desk could mean a pile up, sometimes unanticipated. Handle what you can without getting yourself stressed out and possibly losing the benefits of the vacation. Prioritize what really matters, find out if anything happened while you were away and catch up on the updates as quick as is practically possible.
2. Test the jet lag, stiff neck excuse
Well, when the realistic path does not bear any fruit, try to pull this line on the most industrious people on that couple of mails you only managed to preview in your excitement. Jet lags and stiff necks are serious hazards in the new world, you might get away with it!
3. Cross it off your bucket list
Driving from Nairobi to Malindi may be different from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro; but they are both worthwhile holiday activities that make some of our things-to-do before the year ends. As soon as you recover your breath; rediscover that list from the labyrinth of your bookshelf or your closet and proudly cross what is done. Remember no activity is too small, you are now a certified been-there-done-that! In the words of traveler and scholar, Ibn Battuta, “travel leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
4. Detox, Rehydrate
The most common of little vices of the Wanderer is abandoning healthy eating and indulging in all kind of drinks apart from water. Hopefully, your all-time faithful water bottle will be patiently waiting for your come-back after your long weekend breakup. Staying hydrated after a long trip away from the usual will help your body to function better, therefore making your ease-in process even quicker.
5. Refresh your routine
One more thing that getting off from the familiar and discovering new regions does to the traveler is give them a fresh perspective on even the most mundane of tasks. Take advantage of this rejuvenation to hit the refresh button on the boring and predictable and inject some fun in there before it fades off. For instance, aim to make a new friend from your neighborhood or health club or even adapt a new and happy habit such as saying hello and good day to the askaris at your estate gate.
6. Create a to-do list
Making a list works magic for most people; whether on the good old pen and notebook, sticky notes or on your desktop, this list helps one stay focused on a particular task to completion. List down about three assignments that must be tacked and allocate them time, once done, move on to list two of the second-priority batch and stay focused till all (practically) possible work is.
7. Say Thank You
It’s a good habit. If anyone sat in for you or covered up for the meeting that you missed, remember to say thank you to them. Be good and appreciating to people, even make them a
few mahamris or buy them a bottle or several next time you go out as colleagues. There are more holidays and long weekends coming.
8. Keep Calm
However much you try to keep contact with the office while on vacation; you can never be quite certain on what awaits you. The best advice is to keep calm, give yourself clean and sane space to work in and avoid throwing in panic into your already growing backlog. Remember you’d rather have one task completed to satisfaction than several half-way done files on your desk.