As an American, you legitimately could spend every day of your life on vacation--and still make a good living. But the truth is, few of us actually do this. Instead, we work hard, take time off when we can, and face the inevitable letdown when it's time to get back to work.
I spent last week at the beach, and now I have to go back to work. So, while I was gone I asked entrepreneurs, business leaders, and others for their tips on how to get back to work productively after a great vacation.
Here's the best advice they gave me.
1. Come back on a Wednesday or Thursday.
The No. 1 tip I heard from people was not to go back to work on the first day after vacation. However, Dr. Chris Allen, a psychologist and executive coach with Insight Business Works, takes it a step further.
"If possible, return to work on Wednesday or Thursday," Allen says. "Then you only have to get through work for two or three days and you have the weekend off. It's a good way to ease back into work. Airline travel is cheaper mid week too."