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Shifting Into Work Mode

I don’t know if it’s the ADHD, but I’m having a hard time transitioning back into work mode after only two days off.

by Rebeka Covell


I’ve been back at work two days so far – but I wish I was still on vacation!

I don’t know if it’s the ADHD, if it’s just me, or if it happens to everyone, but I’m having such a hard time transitioning back into work mode after only two days off. Since I had Friday and Monday off, the vacation felt like four days to me. When I went back to work on Tuesday it felt like I hadn’t been there in weeks (it didn’t help that people were saying welcome back like I’d gone on a trip around the world).

I sat at my desk, drinking my coffee, staring at my computer – and wishing I was still sitting on the couch in my sweats. I didn’t even sleep that late on vacation, but I’m so groggy in the morning I couldn’t function for the first half hour of work.

Even today (my second day back) I didn’t feel like diving into any big projects; I only wanted to dive under my covers and hit the snooze button one more time. Usually I like to take on projects that will keep me busy for days so it doesn’t feel like I’m wasting time. Today I just felt lazy and bored, so I did all the mundane busy-work type things that usually I avoid because it feels like it takes hours to get nothing done – updating schedules, downloading files, spending hours printing floor plans for buildings one page at a time . . .

Where is my motivation? My drive for accomplishment? Why do I want to do boring busy-work that eats away at the short time I have to finish other more important things?

I’m still in vacation mode – but I sure hope I can get myself back into work mode pretty soon!


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