Tet (also known as the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) is the longest holiday period of the year. It is the perfect time to take a break from work and relax in a way that a weekend simply doesn’t allow you to do so. Many of us experience a sensation of “fear” of going back to work after such a long vacation. Let’s find out more about how to overcome this fear and how to be productive during the first days. Here are some ways you can get yourself back in gear quickly after you’ve come back from a long trip away from home.

Get Yourself Ready

  • Mentally

According to Jeroen Nawijn, a psychologist at Breda University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), “People often feel happier on vacation because they are free to do what they want”. When the holiday is over, both sensations freedom and happiness are also gone.

Besides, the difficulties and responsibilities at work never go away on their own. “Many people fear when the holiday is over because they know they have to face problems again. Not to mention, they may be assigned new tasks while the old ones are not finished”, the expert said.

So you have to prepare yourself well before get back to work, let’s follow three simple steps:

(1) You should prepare mentally to return to work 2-3 days before the holiday ends, instead of waiting until the last day to start preparing for going back to work the next day.

(2) Prepare yourself for something new: it could be a new outfit or a new way of makeup, or a new gadget or accessory that you are interested in

(3) Instead of thinking about work days, read a book, relax your mind, or list the things you did in the past year and make a plan for the next year.

  • Get ready for work

Two days before going back to work, try to go through your emails, documents, news, and other messages so you’ll better understand what’s been going on. While doing so, put all your tasks on a list. Once that’s done, prioritize those tasks on another list. These two lists alone will help contain the chaos and give you a good idea of what you need to do first.

Rearrange Your Desk

Whether it’s the desk at the office or at home, you should rearrange it a bit to make it look cleaner. You can compile and dispose of old documents, a few unused notes, or candy wrappers, and put the items back in their proper place. When everything is organized, you will spend less time looking for a necessary document or tool.

In addition, you can also try to decorate your workspace a bit with your favorite things. It can be a photo taken with family or friends during Tet so that you can have more motivation for work.

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

You can even plan for your next vacation. This way, you will feel less depressed and more motivated to work. Don’t forget to take time out to relax in case you’re stressed, like listening to some good music or asking a coworker out for a meal.


The biggest meaning of Holidays is to recharge your energy with spiritual joys after a period of hard work. What you should do now is cherish the energy you have just renewed and use it to start a productive year. After that you can be more focus on developing your work and gain the certain results that you wanted.