After taking time off for a well-earned vacation, it’s always a bit hard to transition back into your normal work day. Enjoying the time off to travel and relax is needed, and it allows you to come back to work and be productive. But jumping right back into a busy work day with a full schedule and to-do list can feel overwhelming. To make the transition easier, this Professional Organizer in NYC is sharing my 3 simple office organizing tips that will help you ease back into your work day after some time off.
Use a transition period. It’s hard to dive back into work on your very first day back after a fun and exciting vacation. So be kind to yourself and allow for a transition period. Block out your first day back on your calendar, and make sure not to schedule any meetings that day. Take that entire first day back to review what was missed and get organized. You can hit the ground running on day two!
Catch up on what you missed. On that first day back in the office, be sure to update your auto responder email message to advise that you are back in the office and will be responding to emails within the next 24 hours. Be sure to shut off the auto responder as soon as you have completed reviewing calls and emails that you missed while away. In addition, be sure to update your outgoing voicemail message. Add return calls and tasks to your calendar and to-do list for later. Meet with the coworker who was handling your clients and tasks while you were out so you can be brought up to date on the status. If there are any tasks that still need to be completed, move those to your to-do list.
Take it slow. Looking at everything you may have missed as a whole might feel overwhelming. Instead, stay focused and do a thorough review. Take some time and prioritize your tasks. Then start from the top and target just one task at a time. Looking at a long to do list can be anxiety provoking, but when you take on one task at a time, you can take pride as you cross each item off your list. It won’t take you long to get back into the work rhythm, so allow yourself to take it slow on that first day.
Returning to the office after a vacation can be hard. You may not want the fun and relaxation to end! These office organizing tips will allow you to ease back into your work life with as little overwhelm as possible. Need more hands on tips and strategies? Reach out to your Professional Organizer in NYC!