Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Bouncing Back Productively from Vacation
I've just returned from a fantastic 11-day trip to France with my family, and therefore, I thought it would be very appropriate today to blog about strategies regarding the return to work after vacation. Lydia Dishman has a terrific article on the subject at Fast Company's website. Specifically, I thought she had several good tips related to email. She cites several executives who recommend using the long airplane trip home or the evening before the first day back at work to chug through all those emails that accumulated while you were gone. Second, Dishman describes a tip from Andrea Wasserman, an executive at Nordstrom. Wasserman explains that one should take time after a vacation to "ask yourself some honest questions about your tasks and to-do list. 'What activities started to creep into your work day that aren’t a high return on impact or aligned to your strategic goals?'" Finally, Wasserman also recommends trying to capture the key insights or ideas that came to mind as one relaxed on vacation. Get those thoughts down on paper before they slip your mind!