As we鈥檝e learned, spring break isn鈥檛 just for college kids, you guys 鈥 the post-college crowd can get in on the action too. And while your partying-on-the-beach days might be behind you, it鈥檚 still a great idea to plan a girlfriends getaway to rest and rejuvenate. The only problem is risking that post-vacation work slump. You know the one: You find yourself daydreaming, wishing you were still on the beach and generally just not being as productive as you could (and should) be. Whether you鈥檙e about to plan a trip and want to prevent the slump, or you just got back and the struggle is real, try out some of these super helpful tips from Sylvana Rochet, career coach and productivity goddess.

Sylvana Rochet The Insightful Executive Coach Consultant

1. Plan your trip wisely. If you鈥檙e using a getaway as a chance to recharge, you need to make sure you鈥檙e planning everything out accordingly, so that you can come back refreshed and more productive than ever. 鈥淚 spent a lot of time in my twenties going on vacations 鈥 quote unquote 鈥 with either family or friends or my partner, but vacations that I didn鈥檛 really find recharging because maybe it was partying or it was going to be super active 鈥 let鈥檚 bike, hike and do all these amazing sorts of things every day 鈥 and that wasn鈥檛 necessarily what I needed,鈥 Sylvana says.

2. Unplug. While you鈥檙e on your trip, make sure you鈥檝e left the things that stress you out at home. 鈥淒o not work while you鈥檙e away. You鈥檙e basically going to negate the benefits of that break if you鈥檙e staying on top of things while you鈥檙e away,鈥 says Sylvana. 鈥淚f you plan your vacation way in advance, you can shift your deadlines, delegate and inform everybody that you鈥檙e going to be out for this time. You can move things around easily.鈥


3. Prevent being overwhelmed. We all know the feeling of opening up your inbox after a few days off and being greeted with what feels like millions of emails, all of them urgent. Sylvana says it鈥檚 important to not only prioritize, but be patient with yourself too. She says, 鈥淲hen you get back, your inbox is going to be full. There鈥檚 going to be a full list of to-dos. It鈥檚 important to filter what is actually important or urgent and needs immediate attention and start prioritizing. Don鈥檛 dive into your pile of things without categorizing them. Not everything is going to be due on the day that you get back, so make sure that you give yourself a few days to sort through it.鈥

4. Make things fun. The fun doesn鈥檛 have to stop just because you鈥檙e back to work! 鈥淚 like to take myself to a fancy cafe and have a fancy coffee, maybe sit outside in the sun,鈥 Sylvana tells us. 鈥淚f I鈥檓 going to work at home, I鈥檒l make sure to put on some music. I鈥檒l take a long walk. So we want to still keep that fun energy with us as we鈥檙e easing back into work. You don鈥檛 want to have too much cold and hot.鈥

5. Get back into a routine ASAP. While you鈥檙e keeping things fun, make sure you鈥檙e getting back to business too. 鈥淚 know a lot of people these days have morning routines,鈥 Sylvana says. 鈥淎nd I鈥檓 so used to my routine that my mind knows, 鈥極kay, by 9am, you鈥檙e ready to be at your desk and work.鈥 So my mind has already associated those things. When you get back from your break, get back into that routine ASAP, and then your mind is basically primed to get back to work.鈥

6. Don鈥檛 fight the weather. 鈥淭here鈥檚 a reason why our bodies crave being outside at certain times of the year. There鈥檚 a reason why we have a desire to not necessarily sit there for hours on end,鈥 she says. 鈥淲hen I was living in New York City (where we do have seasons), and when the weather was warming up, I would start my day maybe an hour or two earlier, and then take longer breaks during the day or take off work earlier so I could spend that time outside. So instead of trying to fight it, rearrange your schedule.鈥

Which of these tips are you going to try out? Tweet us your thoughts @BritandCo!

(Photo via Sylvana Rochet, Brit + Co)