As I mentioned in some earlier posts, I went to Sydney recently for 4 days. It was the first break I’d had since I started working from home in February.
Whilst I loved having the time away from work, I found it particularly hard to get back into my routine once I was back in the office. It took me a good couple of days to get back into work mode. Don’t get me wrong, I was working every day but certainly not at 100%.
I decided to have a look around and see what words of wisdom were online to assist with this common dilemma. Here is what I uncovered.
Dumb Little Man – How to get back into your routine after a break
Success Network – Lacking motivation after your holiday 8 productivity tips to inspire your working day.
Web Worker Daily – How to avoid the after holiday slump,
The above post mentions doing some work while you are away, which in a small way is what I ended up doing in Sydney. See my post Getting Into the Headspace of a Writer.
When I was working for an employer, I was constantly taking holidays (within my allocation naturally). I was known around the office for the person who was always planning her next trip. So much so, that when I said I was taking six months off work, everyone simply assumed there would be a plane and an exotic location involved.
In the short time I have been working for myself from home, I have quickly realised that taking time off is a different scenario for soloists. After all, if you are not doing the work, no one is there to do it for you.
For those in this position, here is some advice from the expertsat Flying Solo.com.au
Flying Solo – Five strategies for scheduling holidays
Flying Solo – Seven Tips for reducing holiday stress
On my return I found myself briefly questioning whether I should have taken the break at all. This thought coming from a passionate traveller! I quickly dismissed this line of thinking. Truth was I needed and deserved the break.
How well do you bounce back after a break? Share your comments below.