How to Recover From Vacation in 5 Easy Steps

Ah, vacation…

With any luck, you’re a mompreneur who has created the right systems and support to allow you to get away from it all now and then. You pulled off the miracle of planning, prepping and packing for weeks (even though you were only gone for four days). You negotiated a sweet deal that even your budget-conscious husband approved. And you kept the kids from whining (some of the time). Mom, you deserve a medal!

But returning home can be tough. There’s the laundry. The grocery shopping. Getting the kids back into all their activities. And then there’s your small business. The emails. The Social Media. The phone messages. As a busy mom entrepreneur, you need some success strategies to make recovering from vacation a breeze. I’ll give you five!

Mompreneur Tip #1:  Before you leave for vacation, set yourself up for success by making sure that you communication your absence to your clients, customers, team, family and friends. Setting expectations ahead of time will reduce the urgency of follow-ups when you return. An “out of office” notice on voicemail and email that states when you’ll be returning messages really helps.

Mompreneur Tip #2: If possible, wash all your dirty laundry wherever you are, so that you return home with clean clothes you can quickly put away. This has made a HUGE difference in how I feel after vacation. When there isn’t a mountain of dirty laundry to get through, I can unpack quickly (with the kids’ help).

Mompreneur Tip #3: Clear your calendar for a day or two after you return. Don’t schedule client meetings, important interviews, or other deadlines for the first couple of days back in the office. It’s way too stressful to manage when your head is probably back on the beach (or wherever you were on vacation). A couple of days to adjust makes a huge difference.

Mompreneur Tip #4: When grocery shopping, buy a “meal starter” of some sort, like rotisserie chicken, so you have at least one dinner that’s almost done for you. Add a salad or some cut up fruit and bread, and you have an easy meal you don’t have to sweat over to prepare.

Mompreneur Tip #5: Use a productivity model to handle the follow-ups/catch-ups required for your email, Social Media and voicemail. Sort through them and figure out what is Urgent/Important/To Be Handled During Business Hours, and handle those first. This is why you cleared your calendar in the first place. Next, see what you can delegate to someone else (your VA, your team, your family, etc.) and mark those off your list after you delegate them. For the things you must do, but that aren’t urgent/important, schedule them on your calendar so you’ll know when you can get them done.

 

Don’t let taking a vacation in the summer take a toll on you, your family and your business. Do you have some tips for recovering after being away? Share in the comments below.

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About Lara Galloway

As the Mom Biz Coach, I am a speaker, business coach and mentor to mom entrepreneurs and small business owners. My passion is helping entrepreneurs create and run businesses that honor their priorities and values. Together with Shelagh Cummins, I co-founded MomBiz.com to provide business planning, marketing, project planning and operations solutions to entrepreneurs who want to work less, make more, and love the work they do. I live with my husband and three kids in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

I am frequently interviewed for my expertise on work/life balance, starting and running a successful small business, marketing your business on Social Media, and creatively managing your time by media like Forbes, Crain’s Business, The Chicago Tribune, and More Magazine.

When I'm not working, I'm wrangling my three kids with my husband, drinking good wine or microbrewed beer, and baking something with lots of calories since food is my love language. I love living in Michigan, especially when it's 80 degrees and sunny.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this post!  I’m just back from BlogHer 12 and will keep these tips in mind the next time I venture away from the nest and want a smooth re-entry!

  2. Thanks for your comment, Randon. I don’t know about you, but my experience of BlogHer really made me want to crawl back into my nest for a few days to recover! Cheers to very boring, non-stimulating environments this week ;-) So glad I met you!

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