There is nothing easy about going back to work after three weeks away! Even when you love your job and have a ton of things to do to keep you busy, those first few days back in the office are always a bit of a drag.
In fact, getting back into the routine of life in general is proving to be a bit of a challenge for me. For starters, I am completely exhausted and unmotivated when it comes to doing anything around the house! Amazingly, I have managed to do most of my unpacking, but I can’t give any positive reports on the dishes that keep on stacking up in the sink. What? I actually have to wash those? And don’t even get me started on making a proper meal… I would prefer not to disclose we’ve been eating around here for the past few days!
And then there’s my mental health—my favorite topic to avoid right now. To be honest, it has been on the back-burner. I don’t actually know how I’m doing, because I have purposefully NOT been thinking about it for the past three weeks. I mean, I’m not saying that I’m having a crisis here—in fact, I think I’m doing fairly well, all things considered—I’m just admitting that I have been too lazy with my emotions lately to actually spend any time evaluating how I have been reacting to situations, travel, new information, etc.
I know it’s time to get back in the groove. But after three weeks of not even having to care what day of the week it is, re-engaging in a regular routine seems like a bit of a tough pill to swallow! Can’t I just ignore my responsibilities for a few more days?! I know, I know. Of course not. But hey, a girl can dream!
So, the best thing I can do right now is suck it up and set a few goals for myself for the next few days. Laziness can be a real killer for me, and I have to admit that the temptation towards it is really getting to me right now. So, for the sake of accountability, here are a few things that I need to accomplish in the next day or two:
- Do the dishes… tonight!
- Finish unpacking and cleaning up from travel.
- Plan some healthy meals.
- Get some exercise.
- Complete some overdue design work that should have been finished before I left for Rwanda!
Slowly but surely I’ll get back on track. And I know that the longer I wallow in my “I don’t feel like it” mindset, the longer it will take for my life to go back to normal. So, that said, I think it’s time for me to sign off and head outside for a quick walk before I start to tackle those dishes! Wish me luck!
How do you get yourself back in the groove after you’ve been away on holidays? How do you re-motivate yourself towards productivity when you’ve been enjoying auto-pilot for a few weeks? All thoughts and ideas are welcome!