How exactly do you get back to business after a much needed time away?
It’s all about mindset.
Last week I shared how I set myself up to make the most of my vacay. I wrote that post while I was in flight back from beachland. Doing this very activity was exactly what I needed to get in gear for the week ahead.
Depending on how long your journey home is, you can start it off with a bit of reflecting on all the fun you just had and maybe let your mind wander into some daydreaming of what big + exciting things you have coming up within the next number of months.
Here’s a little story about me and my most difficult ‘coming back home’ experience when I was growing up (even until the age of 12ish): I would cry every time we left my grandparents in Florida (or the Jersey Shore in the summers).
And not just a few sniffles and tears.
Full on bellyaching sobs for at least an hour.
Then my mom would usually talk to me about when we would see them next or get me imagining what the next school year would be like. And I’d start to feel better.
This experience got me in the practice of reflecting and dreaming on the way back to reality at a very young age. And now it’s a habit.
It’s what comes out of this that is the most crucial part. Ready for it?
Out-of-Office Action Step #4
Get excited + inspired about your work enroute home.
How I did it on this last particular trip was through listening to a few of my favorite podcasts.
(Did you know that if you download podcasts from iTunes onto your phone you can still listen to them while it’s set to ‘airplane mode’?)
Doing this got me motivated to start writing away on my next blog post + got me thinking about some new projects I to work on next.
Some of my favorite podcasts right now are:
Make It Happen by Jen Carrington of Jennypurr
(Side note: I also love listening to them during my daily commute.)
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So you may be wondering why I was so distraught every time I said goodbye to my grandparents. For the first two years of my life, my grandmother watched me while my mom was at work then they moved to Florida a few years later. I guess I’ve always felt super connected to her.
The truth was, underneath, I thought my grandparents would pass away before I’d see them next.
The good news is that the trip I just got back from was to celebrate their 60th anniversary. The only tears shed that weekend were tears of joy and gratitude for the wonder of their marriage.
Why am I sharing this story?
Because I want to remind you how important taking time away from work to celebrate the most precious moments in life is.
This is your charge to take that trip this summer. Plan that staycation. Do what you need to do to enjoy the beauty of life.
I’d love to hear what you do to take time away from your work and how you get in back in the right frame of mind to get back to business – please share in the comments!
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And if you need to catch up on this series here a the first two posts, with more to come over the next couple weeks: