“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” –Dolly Parton
Last week I spent time in the Sierras on vacation. If you read last weeks post, you know that it was great to get away and hang out with family. I felt rejuvenated on my return. Even the 8-hour car drive down I-5 didn’t dampen my spirits.
However upon my return, I felt resistance to getting back to work full swing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my work. But I do get caught up in it, and the freedom I felt on vacation was liberating. I thought about past vacations, and how when I go back to work the feeling of having time for myself dissipates.
I decided this time would be different.
I realized my resistance came from the thought of catching up and getting back into the regular groove of work. But then I had a revelation that it didn’t need to be this way. After all, it was really just my mindset that was creating the resistance.
So, I decided to focus on incorporating my feelings of vacation-induced well-being into being back at work. For the first time, I didn’t spend long days making up for lost time, but instead eased back into my routine while taking time to really notice my thoughts and feelings. I focused on inner peace and feeling replenished as I settled back into my work routine.
If I were to measure what I got done the first week back, I’d say my new approach was much more productive, and the feeling of replenishment continued to carry me.
So here are a few tips to extend your vacation elation while getting back into your daily routine.