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Tips to Get Back on Work After a Short Break or Vacation

Updated on August 18, 2013

Most of us might have taken a short break from our regular job for a vacation or any other personal purposes. Taking a small break or vacation from our daily job is something that we really love to have so as to take off our mind from the hectic work schedule and making our mind calm and quiet. Taking a break from the work is something vital when it comes to recharging your mind and body with a positive energy that can be utilized when you come back to work.

One of the major thing that we come across after completing our short break or vacation is the enormous hangover and other issues that are associated with the vacation. This hangover is very well carried forward once you re-enter your workplace and you will really find it difficult to cope with your work place. This is mainly, you were out of the office for a while and there might be a lot of pending tasks that are lined against you and you will find it really confusing when thinking about your pending jobs and priorities.

Here are some of the most common and simple tips that can help you in getting adjusted with your work place, once you come back after a short break or vacation.

1) Recall Your Previous Tasks
It is one of the most difficult things to do, especially when you are back into your office or work place after a small break. But if you try to recall your previous works and tasks, then things will be much easier for you and you can easily get back on track without any hassles. You might not be able to recall everything but you can do it to some extend which will indeed help you a lot.

2) Assign Priority for Tasks
Once you are back to your work place after a break there will be a huge list of pending tasks that you had paused at the time of taking break. Gather the list of all the tasks and prioritize those tasks based on their importance and urgency. Once you prioritize the tasks, things will really turn easy for you in getting along with your work.

3) Go through Your Pending Mails
You will be able to see a huge list of unread mails that have launched in your inbox since you took the break. The list of unread mails might annoy you initially, but take a step ahead and go through all your pending mails carefully and make sure that you do not miss out any important mails that have landed in your inbox since you took your break.

4) Assign Priority for Tasks in Your Pending Mails
While going through your pending mails, you can see a lot of mails that contains tasks which are intended to you. So create a list of such tasks from your pending mails and assign priority for them so that it do not make things hard for your work schedules.

5) Have a Discussion with Your Team Leaders
Once you are back after your break it is highly recommended to have a discussion with your team leaders or senior members. This will really help in sorting things out and also makes you aware about the general activities and plans that have incurred during the time of your absence. It will also help you in setting up your priority list in a better way.

6) Have a Discussion with Your Team Members
Your team members are one of the most valuable assets when it comes to getting back to work as they will be able to pass on a lot of job related information. The information gathered from your team members will prove very much vital and you can easily plan and prioritize your task in a better manner. So always indulge in a discussion with your team members and gather information that you have missed during your break period.

7) Calm Yourself
It is a general fact that one will always be tensed and in a hurry once they are back to work after a short break. Being tense and hurry will only help in making things worse and you will not be able to get back in track in the desired way. So always try to stay calm and collect vital data that can help you in taking over your work and responsibilities.

8) Be Positive
Being positive can always help you out in getting back on your job from your break and will also help you in approaching things in a positive frame of mind. A positive mind will easily be able to cope with the things that are needed to get back on track and you will never face any worries in setting up your tasks and priorities.

9) Plan Effectively
Once you have discussed with your team leaders and members, gone through your pending emails and collected other vital information, then it is time for you to plan things ahead. While planning, make sure that you do it in the most effective and efficient methods so that things do not get tied up in the middle. A better planning can really help you in coming out of your issues and carry on with your work in the best way.

10) Take Your Own Time
Being in a hurry and restless manner is something common that are see with everyone who comes to work after taking a short break. But the fact is that rather than being in a hurry and panic state, it is always better to keep your cool, remain calm and take your own time to settle before going with your job. Taking you own time can help you in planning and prioritizing your pending works and keep your work schedule under control.

© 2013 georgescifo


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      Mary @ Green Global Travel 

      5 years ago

      You make some great points! I think that returning to work after a vacation – particularly an extended period of travel – can be challenging but going in prepared and having thought about the work that you were doing prior to leaving as well as planning for the days and weeks ahead can make a world of difference.

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      5 years ago from India

      Thanks for your honest comment, teaches12345!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      What a great topic and you presented some ideas that will make the transition much better. I agree that prioritizing tasks works to get things back in order.


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