The Six Stages of Post-Vacation Reentry
I really love vacations. But I have to say I really hate returning to work after a vacation. Several years back, I wrote these stages of vacation reentry–since I return to work tomorrow it seemed like an appropriate time to revisit them:
- Stage One: Denial: refusing to think about the fact that I will have to return to work faster than it emotionally feels like I should.
- Stage Two: Depression: the low-level blue mood that precedes the actually reentry. The resentment about having to conform to a schedule other than of my own making again.
- Stage Three: Disorientation: the mental pauses and temporary space outs that occur when I can’t quite shift into a work pattern/task as easily as I did before I left. Probably because I’ve lost the rhythm.
- Stage Four: Decompensation: feeling overloaded by the accumulate mail, email, and deferred meetings that all were scheduled for the week of my return.
- Stage Five: Digging In: starting to make some headway at getting through the accumulated stuff, a sense of hope returns
- Stage Six: Dedicated: Back in my stride, feeling motivated to accomplish good things.
At the moment, I’m in Depression. Stage Six seems light years away. How long does it take you to get to Stage Six? Have I left any stages out?