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Do you have any rituals to get up to speed, when coming back from holidays?

perigk profile image Periklis Gkolias ・1 min read

For clarity, let's consider holidays, any absence longer than 4 days and only for good reason.

I am struggling with various methods and would like to hear your process.

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I usually start with something I enjoy and is not over-complicated, maybe: do some refactor, fix some silly bugs...

Also if there is a possibility to work remote I usually work a couple of days at home before getting back to the real deal, this helps me a lot.

Other stuff that helps me:

  • Listening to music (with headphones)
  • Taking a couple rests in between work sessions.

PD: Can I ask what methods you have tried?

 

I have tried all extremes in the spectrum of "start getting on track while returning" to leave a few days buffer.

Both have pros and cons.

While on the relaxed side of the spectrum, you tend to enjoy things more, relate holidays with stress free activities, but it usually takes more to speed up and the first days back have high lazy mood.

On the other side you start working in the first possible timeslot, you speed up easier but your mood is not great initially.

I tend to think that doing expedient stuff upon my return is the best way to mix the best of both worlds.

 

I tend to think that doing expedient stuff upon my return is the best way to mix the best of both worlds.

I agree with this!

 
 

+1 I do stop, but whenever I return to work I would love not to have stopped...

 

You work on your vacations?

 

I keep coding for myself, so I'm always used to problem-solving.

 

No, I don't usually work, but I code a bit if I feel like it...

 

Before leaving, I create a small list of tasks and stick it on my screen.

 

Spotify, a pair of Sony WH1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones, and cup of Tetley's tea.

(AKA, business as usual)

 

Doing some speed always gets you up to speed brother :)