After a week at home with the fam, I returned back to work today. All I can say is “YIKES!”
It was a crazy Monday with back-to-back meetings, a tsunami of emails, papers and packages piled up on my desk, and team members trying to catch me up. I didn’t even get my lunch hour to enjoy a bite or a quick workout. I had a meeting. Another one.
I missed Cassie a lot today, more than usual. I got so used to being with her during the days last week. She’s such a fun, happy little companion. I enjoyed watching all of her nuances, from the moment she woke up till her end-of-the-day wind-down (or meltdown, as the case may be).
Now it’s time to go home and get my two hours in (if I’m lucky) before she hits the sack. Back to work—and the world of working motherhood!
4 steps to make going back to the office easier
The Muse offers some simple tips to help you prepare for vacation and counter those back-to-work blues:
- Get your vacation on your work calendar way in advance (months, if possible).
- Work ahead in the weeks before you leave. Don’t leave a bunch of unfinished stuff for your coworkers to handle.
- Clearly communicate to your colleagues and manager about your plans, especially regarding how disconnected you plan to be during your time away.
- Let everyone know you’re on your way out the day before vacay—not to brag, but to remind them of your impending absence. That includes setting up the appropriate out-of-office email or phone messages.
Then take your much-needed time off, spend it relaxing and recharging, and you should be able to head back to the office with a lot less to worry about.