Congratulations! You’ve just completed a big, ambitious project at work.
And while you impressively powered through long hours, sleepless nights, 6 months of isolation from family and friends, and an intense energy drink addiction, for some reason you’re feeling a little burnt out.
Perhaps it’d be a good idea to take a few days off to reset your system and practice a little self-care. You deserve it!
Here are a few tips to make the most of your recovery period:
1. Set priorities.
It’s been a while since you’ve had this much free time on your hands and you don’t want it to go to waste! With the right planning, you can make sure to tackle all the important parts of your personal life that you’ve been neglecting. Take a look at your calendar, start a to-do list, and set some firm goals for this vacation. This is going to be the most productive break ever!
2. Clean something.
Things sure have gotten a bit out of hand lately around the house. Surely, you’ll be able to relax a bit more with a nice, sparkly clean home. It’ll only take a few hours to straighten up and pop some laundry in the wash. But you’ve also been meaning to KonMari your closet, sort your family photos, and give your fridge a deep scrub. Better get started!
3. Sort your email.
DING! While the idea of new email from friends and family used to spark the purest delight, nowadays it only provokes an overwhelming sense of guilt and anxiety.
Now’s your chance to turn things around! Simply roll up your sleeves and start hitting reply to see if you can repair some of your more atrophied relationships. First up, your grandma wanted to know if your birthday cookies arrived. Better tell her yes, they were delicious when you ate them during that all-nighter — 3 months ago.
Bonus! Like the resilient heads of the mythical hydra, every new message you answer will begin a new conversational thread to manage and keep track of going forward!
4. Run errands.
You’re planning to cook yourself a nice dinner tonight, so you’ll have to make a quick run to the store for a few essential ingredients. While you’re out, there are a few other little things you’ve been meaning to do around town as well. Change your oil, run to the dry cleaner, buy some stamps for those New Year’s cards you’re still meaning to send out even though it’s almost March. Now’s your time!
All good things must come to an end.
Before you know it, your break is over and it’s time to get back to business. Sure, there are still quite a few items left on your vacation agenda, and you didn’t actually do much resting, but think of all you got done!
And with Thanksgiving coming up in only 8 or 9 months, you’ll soon have another opportunity to catch up on sleep — or finish off some of those lingering to-dos!