Take an extra day for transition. Are there still dirty clothes in my closet, with beach sand tucked in their pockets? Yes, there are. I definitely feel more grounded and prepared for the workweek when my household is in order. My family often returns from vacation on a Saturday, leaving Sunday for grocery shopping and other errands that help us ease back into real life. This year we pulled into the garage late on a Sunday afternoon, and I feel the difference.
Make sure your vacation is long enough. Many of our summer vacations have lasted a luxurious two weeks. This year, we had just over a week to bask in the lake life. I suppose the relative brevity of this vacation has fed my malaise, because when vacations are good and long, I often return to the office full of new ideas and eager to implement them.
It also helps if you like your job. I can check that box. Even if you lack total enthusiasm, arrange your workflow so that a fun task awaits. For me, that means enjoying other people’s trips. I am about to look at potential Viewfinders photos, vacation photos sent from readers. I just hope none are of Lake Superior, or I will begin daydreaming again.