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How to Play Catch up At Work After Vacation

If you’ve traveled recently and you’re getting back into the swing of things, don’t get discouraged. When you’re your own boss, you can be anxious to get back to work and want to pound it all out at once. But catching up doesn’t happen right away, and it can start to be frustrating, especially when you feel like it’ll never happen. Here are some ways to give yourself a boost and help you see the end of the tunnel. Check it out!


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Be Realistic About Goals


You may feel overwhelmed when you get back, and if you’re determined to work extra hard to catch up sooner, that’s awesome. At the same time, you’re only one person, so there is a limit (albeit a sky high one for you superheroes out there) to how much you can accomplish. Be realistic about your goals so that you don’t end up feeling guilty about what you didn’t get done.


Make sure to tell clients deadlines you can actually meet. It’s better to under promise and over deliver, just in case you need more time than you originally hoped. It may also help to schedule a blank day in your schedule for when you come back. That way you can get a head start on your work before customers know you’re back.


Cut Yourself Some Slack


It’s hard to give yourself grace, but after a time away from work, that’s exactly what you need. Despite your superhero status, you still should treat yourself kindly, and that includes self-talk. The pressures of looming bills can be hard to ignore, and when you’re an entrepreneur, you don’t get paid time off. But it’s important to remind yourself that you’re a hard worker, you’re doing a good job, and you will get caught up if you keep at it. Don’t let negative internal commentary slow down your progress. Just pull up to the desk with your favorite mug and keep chugging away.


Recognize Your Accomplishments


If you find yourself feeling especially depressed about how much there is to do, take five minutes away from all the piles of work, and make a list. Write down everything you’ve done since you got back if you’re feeling discouraged, and chances are it will be more than you thought. If you’re a work at home mom, make sure you include things like laundry, feeding the kids, taxi services, executive chef duties, and other household chores which are part of your mom job (and you often don’t give yourself credit for). You’ll be surprised at what you’ve accomplished, even though you started off not feeling like you’ve done a lot.


You’ll Get There


As you work hard to catch up, you’ll get to where you need to be little by little. It may take some time after you get back, but all the fun memories from your vacation are worth the extra work. And it will feel so good to be back to normal after you’ve finished the extra tasks of playing catch up. Here’s to you, wild mama!


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