Have you ever stumbled down a steep hill?  You start cautiously. Step by careful step.  Suddenly the momentum starts to build and you end up in a full scramble down the slope pushed along by gravity, unable to stop yourself.

That may be how things feel when you return from holiday.  You already had a nice full to-do list before you left. Then while you and your honey were sunning yourselves on a sandy beach the steady stream of requests continued to fill your inbox.  You were greeted with a welcome back from holiday package of more and more work. That’s when the scramble down the hill can start.

With a super full list you become overwhelmed and anxious. This causes stress and impacts your health and performance.  You need a holiday buffer.

A holiday buffer is an all-day, scheduled event the day you return to work from holiday (not the second or third day.)  You set it up when you leave for holiday so it doesn’t get scheduled over.

This one-day buffer is set aside to allow you to take a deep breath and start the Collect -> Process -> Organize -> Do GTD workflow.

Don’t jump right in to work-as-usual. It is unfair to you, your team, and the organization. Take the time, regroup, get back on track and Put First Things First.