Tips to Beat the Back to Work Vacation Blues

Summer means vacations and long summer weekends. If you’re finding it hard to get back into the swing of things, trust me you’re not the only one! 

It’s always a struggle to get back our motivation after time off, and you may need a little bit of an extra push to get yourself revved up and ready for work again.

Dress for the Occasion:

Wear an outfit that makes you feel confident for your first day at work. 

Ask your Colleagues:

Talking to people is a great way to boost motivation after a break from work. Discuss work and the goings-on since you’ve been gone, and share worries or issues with them. 

Make Lists:

I love lists. They can help you get your head together and feel more organized after a bit of time off work. 

  • Start with listing things you need to do today, then list your larger tasks for the week, the month, and so forth. 
  • Having short term daily to-do lists and longer-term lists are a great way to organize yourself and work out your schedule.

Work Out Your Routine:

Things are always more natural with a routine. If you’re planning to wake up earlier than usual, why not start setting your alarm at this time a few days before you start work to get your body into a routine? This will mean when it comes to your first day back at work, waking up in the morning will be much easier.

Give Yourself a Break 

Remember that it’s OK to feel a bit down on your first day back to work. Work with your body and take meaningful breaks when needed. If you’re feeling wiped, take a step back and walk away. Even a short 5-10-minute break to walk around the office can be enough to boost your motivation, spur new ideas, or refuel your depleted energy stores.

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Lisa Bien is a motivational speaker and coach whose “Morning Motivation” segment on Philadelphia’s PHL17 TV Morning News Program is a hit with viewers. As a regular contributor, she offer tips on a variety of topics that range from relationships and family dynamics to empowering your life and handling the challenges of living during the pandemic. As a proud alumna of Temple University, she also hosts her own Temple TV program, “Your Best Life with Lisa,” formerly known as “BOUNCING BACK with Lisa Bien!” Lisa is the author of three books, “Life Happens: Bounce Back!” and “Divorce Happens:Bounce Back!", where she lays out the Bouncing Back philosophy she developed as she overcame her own hardships. “111 Ways to Bounce Back,” continues her inspiring message, guiding others to bounce back from life’s challenges using her tips combined with focused journaling.