The last few times I've gone on vacation, I've done a decent job of disconnecting and recharing while I'm gone, only to get completely overwhelmed when I return. By the end of my first couple days, I'm exhausted and feeling like I need another vacation!
Any tips on how to avoid this?
I think what knocks me out of whack is a combination of people dropping by to follow up on emails they sent me while I was out (which I haven't yet had a chance to action or decision), people dropping by to fill me in on important happenings and the latest and greatest developments, and Monday afternoon status meetings where I don't have much to contribute beyond "still catching up" (hate that!). It all adds up to information overload and this quasi-introvert feeling drained.
I go back on Monday. Best options I can come up with for avoiding it this time around are:
1. Do a couple hours of email and prioritizing my to-do list on Sunday or early Monday morning before others get in
2. Close my door Monday morning! (But I hate seeming unavailable.)