You know how it is – just as you get really comfortable on vacation and think this is your new life, it’s time to leave and get back to work.
Hi, Al Bargen here, and I’m having vivid memories of the Yucatan Peninsula. Just barely a month old, it seems that nothing is better than a well-deserved vacation. No matter if you go camping, on a luxury cruise, or even take a staycation, it can be difficult sometimes to get back into the groove of writing after having taken time off. But, you can do it if you know what to expect and plan for it.
Use a Day to Get Prepared
Either start on the last day of your vacation or work into your vacation an extra day at home that helps you get back into things. You can even use travel time to get back into the groove if you have the technology.
However you manage it, on that day, make a list of priorities that you want to accomplish when you get back to your writing and marketing, then email contacts and tell them you’ll be back at it the following day and how much you’re looking forward to it.
Check Your Email
The night before you return to ‘business as usual’ is a great time to go through your emails, turn off your auto vacation responder, and start organizing and answering any important emails. This activity will get your mind focused back on writing, and help you get back into the groove of promoting your work fast.
You can also put out any fires that may have been kindling while you were gone before your first day to avoid any trouble on your first day back.
Make Contact with Your Team
Do you have any sort of team helping you? What kinds of tasks can you ‘load-up’ your VA with to accomplish while you are away? Give them tasks that they can perform while you are gone with little input on your part. The night before you arrive back home, send them a brief email about your vacation. Invite them to ask any questions they may have regarding anything that may have happened while you were gone, and schedule a time to communicate with them and mention important deadlines.
Don’t forget to thank them for a job well done while you were gone.
Finally, congratulate yourself. Most writers or entrepreneurs that promote their business with their writing simply do not take the time to stop and smell the roses. That crucial break from the ‘daily grind’ has so many benefits to recharge, and re-vitalize. Where are you going on your next escape from the routine?
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