Do you have a bounce-back plan?
My clients ask this question a lot: “How do I get back on track after I ‘fall off the horse’ or take a few days off?”
I recommend having a go-to “bounce-back plan.”
It’s a plan that you create ahead of time, that you can pull out any time you want to get back on track.
If you don’t have one, you’re welcome to steal mine and adjust it as needed:
I carve out a few hours (2-3, depending on how long I’ve been away) on my first day back. I pull out my guide for how to get into a deep work state in 15 minutes and use it to get focused and motivated, on demand.
Then, I work the entire Monday Hour One process, which involves taking a full inventory of everything I want to accomplish for the week—based on my 90-day goals—then scheduling them on the calendar.
When I’m just getting back into the swing of things, I include more downtime, breaks, and walks than normal, to give my brain and body space to ease back in.
One last thought: Anticipate that you’ll likely feel overwhelmed your first few days back—and that’s okay.