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Last Wednesday, Abbie shared with us when it is time to take a vacation. This week’s Tip for Tuesday comes from Tarah Beaven, account executive at Landis Communications, Inc., our PRGN affiliate in San Francisco and where this post originally appeared. Tarah covers the not-so-fun part of vacationing: coming back to work.


Vacation season is here! I celebrated recently by jetting off to the southern hemisphere. Upon my return I enjoyed strutting around the office with my tan, sharing vacation photos and telling stories of my adventures. Meanwhile, my email in-box had reached capacity and client deliverables had piled up. When I returned, my work mojo felt off. So I wondered: how do I get back into the swing of productivity?

Psyching up for re-entry into the office wasn’t enough. I needed a plan with restraint and discipline, to replace the mai tais and island hopping. So I polled my professional network and asked them for their best tips and tricks to get back into action. Here are the top results:

The Vacation is Over:

Dive in head first.  Don’t come to work and “decompress.” That’s what your vacation is for. Do people really want to hear about drinking kava (a mild narcotic drunk ceremoniously in Fiji – and yes I drank it)? Not really. The quicker you get into the grind, the faster you’ll be back in full swing.

Grab lunch. When you return from vacation, try your best to get out of the office and take a full lunch to ease back into your demanding schedule. Yes, I know there are laws about employees taking lunch. But let’s face it, we work in public relations. Blackberry is our second meal of the day.

Take an extra day.
Plan your vacation so that you return home a day earlier to acclimate back into your routine schedule. Get the laundry done, stock the fridge and get caught up on your email.

Plan ahead. If you know what the deadlines are the week you return from vacation, create a list of next steps prior to leaving. Your “work” brain will be better at prioritizing and ensuring all tasks are accomplished, while your “vacation” brain may still be stuck between time zones.

Plan your next getaway. Instead of gossiping at the water cooler, brainstorm a mini staycation or weekend getaway. It’ll keep you looking forward and excited about plowing through your workload until your next adventure.


What tips or tricks do you use for getting back into the swing of things after a vacation? Ping me at tarah@landispr.com  – I’d love to hear from you.


Stephanie Lough
Stephanie Lough
A former HMA Public Relations employee.


  1. Brian Camen says:

    Good tips. I always feel like I need that extra day after vacation to get back into the swing of things.


  2. Tarah. I like this post even better the second time. Especially the part about “plan your next getaway.” I’m always doing that! Great job. Cheers, David

  3. Stephanie Lough says:

    This is good advice for the summer even if you haven’t taken a vacation. With people out of the office, clients gone and the endless mobile uploads from people on the beach, it can be hard not to get a little restless in July! Stepping away from the desk, going out for lunch and planning something to look forward to helps.

  4. Tarah, I like the advice about taking a full lunch on your first day back at work. Definitely great advice that helps everyone to get back into the swing of things 🙂 -Hilary

  5. Jordana says:

    Tarah, so true! I love the advice of planning a mini vacation when you return to the swing of things – you should always have something to look forward to! – Jordana

  6. Gretchen Krueger says:

    Love these tips. I also try to come in early my first day back. It gives me some extra quiet time to sort out priorities and email before sharing vacation highlights with the staff.

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