I hope this blog finds you happy and relaxed after a nice summer holiday. Unfortunately, the story I hear all too often is not one of returning to work refreshed and rejuvenated, but rather one of shock, despair, and a gasp for air. Why does this happen? How can 7 days, 14 days, or even longer of vacation leave you feeling inadequate within 2 hours of returning to work?
The answer is simple but often overlooked. It’s a matter of not preparing your mindset for the change of scenery and demands. It’s basically bringing a knife to a gun fight and this is why it can be so unnerving.
As a Sustainable High Performer, the next time you take a vacation try doing a little gear shifting before you head back into the jungle. The night before you go back to work take 30 minutes and begin planning for your transition. What will be in your inbox? Who will be waiting to meet with you? What tasks will be the most critical for you to tackle? Spend some time doing some mental preparation for what’s ahead, how you will meet the challenges, where you will get your recovery breaks, where you will need to be really sharp, and what you plan on accomplishing (realistically).
When you go back to work ill prepared you not only leave high performance to chance, you also throw away the money and time you spent rejuvenating yourself. The next time you take a holiday (even a 3 day weekend), spend 30 minutes getting into your performance mindset before you head back to work. You just may find the challenges that wait for you stimulating.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer