a lost art

handwritten letters

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In the digital age, the art of the handwritten letter is drifting into obscurity.Is it true that things, like books and handwritten letters are now deemed as slow communication? Is there any way to fall back in love with them? I for one, never fell out of love with these types of things. To me, books and handwritten letters are novel items. It’s something about seeing someone’s handwriting and holding a piece of stationary that they once held.

Though it may be nostalgic, I still believe there always is room for the handwritten note in all types of communication. Think about it, they cost something, mean something, and have permanence in a way emails and text messages do not have. When it comes to handwritten notes they allow people into our lives to know how much they truly are appreciate. Is it possible for you to pause for 15 minutes and to put a pen to paper  to use? Doing this will attempt to connect and sustain a relationship with anyone, and their gratitude will be immense.

post vacation blues

& getting back to reality

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Getting back to reality isn’t exactly my problem, work is. After taking a long vacation, especially and international trip. It is always hard to get back into the swing of things. Personally, I find it even harder to get back into your work-life groove. While you were gone so much has changed, people got hair cuts (haha), you missed countless staff meetings, dodged those crazy phone calls, and even have a stack of emails that you are still trying to catch up on after a week of being back. All you can ask yourself is: will it ever be the same?

Here are a few tips and trips to tackle your post vacation blues and get back in the game when it comes to work.

Sleep

Once you get back you will need a lot of sleep. When traveling and on a vacation, you hardly sleep. In my case I was international, so I am dealing with timezone changes.

Relax

Which brings me to relaxing! When you are on vacation, you put so much effort into catching up with friends, checking out all the hot spots, and going above and beyond what you would normally do. You want to make this a trip of a life time, so relaxing is not on the docket. Now that you are home, you have to go to work, and reality sets in. Make sure you add in some relaxation time the first few days after being back from a long trip.

Prioritize

It’s hard to see 415 emails piled up, 9 missed phone called and a million papers on your desk. You need to make a to-do list. Figure out what needs to be accomplished first and what can hold off.

Take Notes

At staff meetings, take notes. During regular meetings take notes. Maybe it’s not your thing to take notes during meetings, because it’s not mine; however, I make sure to take as many notes as possible post vacation. My mind is running around trying to figure out a thousand different things, that these notes during any meeting are critical to my success.

Talk to People

This is a big one: talk to people. I’ve been engage in conversations I normally wouldn’t be. I want the dirt! I want to know what was happening while I was gone and how I can help with others. I want to see how other people can help me and who is also working on my projects. Make sure to talk with everyone to see what they have been doing and they will be of any help on your upcoming projects that are due.

 

I hope these tips and tricks help you once you come back from a vacation. They are really helping me to get through this week. And think…I am almost caught up and it’s almost Friday! #TGIF!