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How to Refocus After Vacation

July 9, 2018


It’s the final days of your summer vacation! If you were out of town for a while, how do you recoup and refocus for your return to the office?


I just returned from a two-week trip. It started on June 22 when I spent the weekend with my mom’s side of the family at a house on the river in the Catskill Mountains of New York for four days. I then went straight from my family vacation to Washington, D.C., where I spent two days before heading to National Harbor, Md., for the 2018 CoSIDA Convention. Following five days in the D.C. area, I traveled back to New York but made a stop on Long Island to spend the Fourth of July with my family. On Thursday, I was supposed to return to work mid-day but traffic and a dead car battery after stopping for lunch prevented that. Therefore, Friday was my first day back in the office and let’s just say my productivity level was pretty low. We cleaned the office and I covered our men’s rowing team racing at the Henley Royal Regatta but that’s about it.


I spent this weekend catching up with my Friends in Syracuse and mentally preparing to return to work…  AKA being lazy on the couch.


On Sunday night, I had dinner with my coworkers and planned to get a full night sleep. However, I could not sleep; I tried to relax but I was unsuccessful and before I knew it, the clock read 1 a.m.


I must have hit snooze five or six times when my alarm went off. I rushed to get ready, make my breakfast shake and get out the door. Only nine minutes “late”… not bad.


The first thing I did to refocus when I got in was write a list of things I need to get done. It’s a long list, so I marked things by priority, delegated the little things to one of our summer interns and then I got started.


Then I got distracted. And then I lost my phone in our Space Saver for an hour. I took a walk, went to visit one of my coaches, then came back, and decided to grind two things off my list before my next “break.”


It’s really hard to jump right back into the swing of things so my biggest advice is to take it in stride. Do a little at a time and then eventually you will get your flow back. My goal is to get half of my list done by the end of the day, then chisel away at it for the rest of the week.


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