I'm home today after a five-week road trip with my nineteen year old son.
Where to begin?
By blogging about how to begin, of course!
But seriously, as I "unpack" (literally) this amazing adventure we've just experienced, I also have immediate and pressing professional responsibilities that require my attention. So I've spent this morning getting my plans together.
A few thoughts/ideas on that process:
Plan a buffer day.
I intentionally left my calendar open for a few days, knowing that I would be slammed by backlogged email, mail and unfinished projects after our trip. I'm "home" today, but not formally back 100%. I need this mental buffer to relish the joy of our trip, to reconnect with my husband and home, and to rest physically.
Take stock of the damage.
I've been checking email all along, but today I have to take the trip to my PO Box and check what's waiting for me there.
Communicate with partners.
My co-workers have a sense of my personal organizational skills (and challenges!). I've set some key appointments to help me keep on track and have firm deadlines for a few outstanding projects to continue their forward momentum.
Establish a plan.
This is a continuation of that communication piece, but having a formal schedule for the next few days will help me transition off of "working vacation" mode and back to work as usual.
It can feel daunting to come back to work after any trip. You'd like to be back on the beach or at the hotel, or in the tent, or really anywhere but staring your "to do" list square in the face. But guess what? You're not. So take a look around yourself, set some goals, and get going. And while you're at it, don't forget to count your blessings!
Your turn: What helps you transition back to work after a vacation or trip?