Getting Back into Work Mode after Vacation

Getting Back into Work Mode after Vacation

In this blog, Mike shares a few ways he got back into “work mode” after a vacation to New Zealand:

1) Prayer.  As I began to think about all that needed to occur over the next few days and weeks, I was quickly becoming overwhelmed on the plane.  So, I decided to pray and ask God to help me.  In those moments of prayer, I was encouraged by the fact that He is with me, He has called me to this work, and He will give me the strength to persevere.

2) To-Do List.  While on the plane, I listed out everything that I needed to do.  People I had to meet.  Emails that needed to be written.  Meetings that needed to be planned.  Directions that needed to be communicated.  This list was long, but it was at least on paper.  

3) Big Rocks First.  This is a principle that reminds us of the importance of prioritizing our to-do lists.  So, I went through and began to decide what were the most important and largest items that needed to be accomplished.

4) Plan the Work.  Now that I had the work listed out and prioritized.  I began to fit it into my schedule.  I put times and dates next to each task and realized that I was going to have to put in some long hours over the next two days in order to get everything done, but at least I had a plan.

5) Work the Plan.  The plan is just a plan until you follow it and make things happen.  By working the plan, I discovered it brought me a great level of personal satisfaction.

Now, I am not naturally a list person, but am more of a “go with the flow” type of person.  Over time I have learned the benefit of working through a system in order to accomplish much each and every day, even though it is contrary to my natural style.  I hope the lessons that I’ve learned will help others accomplish much as well.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What do you do to get back into “work mode” after some time off?
  2. Is there a take-away from Mike’s list that could help you with your back-to-work  transition?

Michael Schubert
Mike is a co-founder of BME Services. He has his Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership, is a certified coach, speaker, and trainer for the John Maxwell Team, and holds his ACC credentials through the International Coaching Federation with over 400 hours of leadership coaching.