Snapping back to work
We all love to travel to the most exotic and beautiful destinations. However, we seem to always forget the dark side. There are mosquitos, cockroaches (the WORST!), swelling arms because of the humidity and food poisoning threats always on the prowl. When you get back from your trip, there’s this other thing to remind you you’re not on you holiday time zone anymore, called jetlag. This last one is also a post-holiday topic my colleagues ask me most often: “Hey, how was your trip and are you suffering from jetlag?” My answer to this is always the same: “The holiday was awesome and no, I don’t do jetlag’s”. I’ve noticed this last phrase to cause a lot of curiosity, so here are my tips and tricks to snap back to work quickly without suffering from jetlag!
Utilize travel time
This first one seems like a super obvious one, but it works! I have been handling sleeping on transportation like a true sport and find myself well rested even though I have been on the road for hours. Curious on how to assemble your own on-the-road-sleep-system? Find answers in this article. If sleeping is really not for you, try to make the most of your time by making a plan on what to do when you get back. This will allow you to have a sense of rest as you are ready to tackle any new challenge after touchdown!
Clear out your suitcase/backpack
I hate this one the most. I just want to put down my suitcase or backpack when I come home and to have it magically sort itself out. The result? A natural disaster in the middle of my living room for the next few weeks. The cure for me is to immediately deal with it whenever I walk through my front door. Another motivation? Gifts for my loved ones that I can hand out right away.
Handling email backwards
Ah, email, so convenient and a pain in the butt at the same time. Especially when you switch on your work phone or laptop and see you’ve been missing a couple of hundred emails from people. My way to tackle it? Reading it backwards in non-chronological order. This way, issues that have solved itself (in your absence) will come to your attention later. Also, you’ll have the most recent status of topics without having to read everything. In addition, it helps to group emails on certain topics.
Lack of jetlag
Jetlag is probably the most annoying after holiday souvenir that wipes out the fully rested feeling you want to hold on to. No worries, as there’s a remedy! In this research on travelling through time zones by athletes one of the results is that whenever the heart rate was higher for the athletes, symptoms of jetlag were less severe. A premature conclusion is therefore to work out right after arrival! The quickest fix? Doing burpees for a few minutes! My brother actually advised me to do it for ten minutes, but that was a bit optimistic (and a great reminder to get back to working out regularly). It goes without saying that trying to keep up with your regular sleep and wake rhythm is important.
These tricks have been working for me the past week. Are you going to give these a go next time you come back from a trip? What are your tips to snap back to work after a long holiday? Let us know in the comments below!