How to stay focused, and quickly catch up on work after a vacation

28.08.2019 by marta

After months of planning and anticipation, you’ve finally taken that much-needed vacation. But once you’re back in the office, what do you find? Stacks of papers on your desk, a full voicemail inbox on your office line, and an offensive number of unread emails. Before you stress-eat your way through the work week, we have some tips to show you how to stay focused and catch up on work efficiently.

Prepare for your return to the office

It’s easy to want to run from the office the day before your vacation starts, but implementing a few things prior to leaving will make going back to work after a vacation much more enjoyable.

1. Block your first day back from vacation to get caught up on all your top priorities. If possible, politely decline participation in meetings or calls on the first post-vacation day in the office.

2. Alert all your coworkers of your time off (including when you’ll be back) with calendar invites – set expectations that your first day back will be for “digging out” only.

3. Delegate tasks that can be completed by others to help alleviate your workload (and remember to do the same for others when they take their own vacations).

Prioritize your tasks

The first thing you need to recognize when you’re back from vacation is that you have a lot to do, and you can’t always get it all done in one day (and that’s OK!). Be careful not to fall into “analysis paralysis,” where you spend more time thinking about everything you need to get done instead of simply doing it. .

To start, make a list of time-sensitive tasks, prioritizing tasks with the earliest due date first.

At the bottom of the list lie the tasks that aren’t as important. What can be delayed? What can be delegated to another coworker? It’s OK to say “no” to certain tasks or requests if there are more pertinent things to tackle first.

While prioritizing your tasks, it’s best to avoid going manual. Getting lost in long hand-written lists can be time consuming and unproductive. In addition, no one else has any access to potential tasks they could be helping you complete. It’s much more efficient to have everything organized in one place where multiple team members can access the information as well.

Using a digital dashboard can help increase productivity and offer a more complete view of what should be your top priorities.

Go digital to stay focused

To help you focus on your top priorities, dashboards are an easy way to keep track of the most important metrics and information.

A dashboard is an information management tool that provides an overview of key performance indicators (KPIs). They monitor the key metrics and health of a company or individual project.

Dashboards make it easy to visualize and understand your data. They often measure performance data in tables, charts, and maps. Having a visual representation of specific data helps determine which metrics matter. Infogram offers digital dashboards to help you stay focused.

4 reasons dashboards help you stay focused


1. Easy to understand at a glance

Dashboards take complex data and effectively distills them into visual charts, tables, or maps. Data visualizations are crucial for understanding and readability. To learn how to best share complex data, use this data visualization checklist.

2. Dashboards save time

Dashboards put all your key information in one place. This allows you to view important metrics without wasting time navigating across different systems, tools, and data sources.

3. Quickly share data with executives and team members

Dashboards give other people access to important data at a glance. Infogram allows you to share all data with teams and individuals. When returning from a vacation, having a tool that allows everyone to collaborate in real time and have a view of important metrics (without having to manually share it out) is key to saving time and energy.

Collaborators can have access to KPIs and other data via their desktop or mobile device. Managers can grant public and private access to view different levels of information.

4. Identify problems early

The more you know about how business and pertinent projects are performing, the easier it is to stay on track. Dashboards can help you spot issues or potential problems early, which gives you the opportunity to take a closer look and adjust priorities or strategy.

How to create a dashboard with Infogram

1. Log in to Infogram.
2. Select ‘Dashboard templates.’
3. Start with a blank template or use a ready-made designer template.
4. Add charts, tables, images, text, and other elements to your project.
5. Share your dashboard with your team.

Get more details on how to create a dashboard here.

Setting yourself up for success in the office after taking time off doesn’t have to be a massive chore. Using the digital dashboard provided by Infogram makes tracking and prioritizing tasks and KPIs in a collaborative space possible. Having this visibility not only saves time but allows you to focus on more important aspects that drive your business (and on planning that next vacation!). Get Started Today