How to Transition Back to Work After a Vacation

With summer coming to an end and work continuing where it left off, you’re probably having trouble adjusting to an office environment after your vacation. Although it’s very important to not skip on your vacation time, it’s also important for you to be productive and less stressed when adjusting back to work. With a simple set of digital practices and tools, transitioning back to work will be much easier, and the pain of returning to work will be eased.

Organize your schedule.

Make a short goals list of what you actually need to accomplish in the week or two back from your vacation. Annotate on this list where you’ll be accomplishing these tasks, i.e.: are you storing your work assignments in Google Drive? Are you taking work notes in Evernote, or in a Word Document?

With this new goals list, set up automatic alarms that’ll remind you at a specific time when that goal must be met. Along with your goals list, make a separate priorities list, so you’ll have some important tasks to complete in the upcoming weeks.

Plan your first week back.

Schedule a couple of lunch dates and coffee meetups with colleagues or friends during your first week back. This personal social time will help get you adjusted to a work environment again, and it’ll help ease the stress of your transition. Just as important, make sure you don’t return to work with back-to-back meetings. Space out your calendar appointments and work events for your first week, and focus on making your adjustment as smooth as possible.

Less effort is more.

Put together a folder of project-related notes in Evernote, for example, that you plan to get underway when you finish the more important, prioritized tasks. It’s acceptable to push a couple of less important projects to the side, in order to get the more time-sensitive projects completed first. Remember to give yourself at least a week or two of time to get fully adjusted and comfortable back at work. Less effort is more.

Embrace e-signature technology to get you organized

Sometimes using technology as a distraction can be healthy. In fact, technology can help take you away from the stress of returning back to work. If you work in an insurance, legal, or healthcare office, for example, you probably have a lot of papers and documents scattered across your desk. You can easily signup for a free e-signature trial and transfer those documents electronically, so that you won’t feel overwhelmed, or have to deal with a paper-cluttered desk.

An e-signature solution will not only make your desk space look cleaner and organized, but the e-signature technology will make you feel more sophisticated and focused. Embrace digital technology as a healthy distraction, and enjoy your smooth transition back to work with How to E-Signature.