Today was the first day back at work after my birthday/girls’ trip/low-key Memorial week getaway to South Beach. (More on the logistics of a low-key, cheap trip to South Beach later.) The return to work can usually be a pain, but I finessed it well enough to leave sane at the end of the day. How you ask? Let me share the deets.
First, I got into work earlier than most of my coworkers. I mean, I usually do this but I made a point to do so today. I wanted enough time to make a to-do list of everything I wanted to accomplish this week. This really got the ball rolling.
Then, I stayed in my office practically all morning. After catching up on emails, Basecamp project notifications, and lingering outstanding tasks, I ventured out to add some steps to my Fitbit and get lunch. I caught up with a few coworkers after I ate and went back to work. I basically prioritized work over everything else (which you should do, boys and girls.)
Speaking of lunch (yea, I’m back tracking a bit), I grabbed lunch from the vendor on the first floor. I originally planned to walk to my favorite local salad spot, but felt I could maximize my time at work by eliminating the 6+ minute one-way stroll to Dressed. I grabbed a healthy bowl of chickpeas and rice and
ran walked back to my office.
I also tuned out a lot of the hallway chatter with podcasts and because I was gone for over a week, there were several to catch up on. I “got in the zone” thanks to 2 Guys and a Girl and Another Round and before I knew it, it was time to go home.
So in short, I focused. I didn’t do the whole “I’m back” gig because who cares. Yes, I was gone for a few days but there is work to do so we can discuss my trip in detail later. Preferably Friday or around lunchtime or when I am not swamped with social media curating/eblast coding/content management. At any rate, it seemed to help. Tomorrow will probably be a slightly less intense version of today. We’ll see.
Photo: Markus Spiske