So, you’ve had a wonderful vacation. Excellent! But all good things must come to an end. Here are some tasks to ease your transition back to your workaday life.
Pick up and sort the mail as soon as possible. Separate it into three piles: bills and other things that require immediate action; things that can go right to the shredder or recycling bin; things that require attention — but not immediately.
Clear out your email. Once again, divide it into address immediately, delete immediately, address later.
Make sure that you have some basics for your meals the first day back: breakfast bars or frozen waffles, some soup for lunch, and pasta with sauce for dinner. You can go to the grocery store the next day.
If you’ve traveled across several time zones, consider giving yourself an extra day to rest and re-acclimate before you return to work.
Unpack as soon as possible. Unpacking isn’t complete until laundry is done, the suitcase is put away, and souvenirs have found their final resting place.
Don’t even try to catch up with social media.
Set aside a day to organize your photos, souvenirs, etc. Label photos and back them up.
Don’t overschedule yourself (at work or home) the week after you return. There is no benefit to wearing yourself to a frazzle as soon as you get home.