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Dr. Joshua C. Klapow

Dr. Joshua C. Klapow

Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor

Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a member of the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Klapow is a behavioral science consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), and he is the author of more than 100 professional articles, abstracts, and book chapters in the area of behavioral medicine and health psychology.

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Dr. Josh is the author of "Living SMART: 5 Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever” a consumer focused book on lifestyle change.

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Surviving Your Vacation

Well, we’ve all been there. We take a few days of vacation and return to work to be hit over the head like a sledge hammer with 50 phone calls to return, 10 reports due, 100s of emails and the list goes on and on. The amount of work that many people face after returning from vacation is enough to stop them from ever taking another vacation. But there are ways to avoid this problem.

Here are some simple strategies for before, during and after vacation that should help.

Before Leaving

  1. Wrap up as much as possible don’t leave loose ends. If you can’t wrap things up, make a formal “postponement” on projects.
  2. Make a priority list for what will need to get done when you return (bring it with you at the bottom of your suitcase)
  3. Inform coworkers that you will be out of the office and not available until you return. If people don’t know you are gone or supposed to be gone, the phone calls, emails and work will continue to flow

During Vacation
  1. Remind yourself why you are taking a vacation. Make the vacation a priority
  2. If you must work during vacation, do so at a fixed time. Let your family or friends know ahead of time and don’t stray from that time. Don’t allow work to take over the vacation.
  3. Many of us start thinking about work on the last day of vacation-use those thoughts in a productive way. Take out that priority list and make changes accordingly.
Back to Work
  1. Take a deep breath. Remind yourself that you are not going to catch up the first day, but that over time you will eventually catch up.
  2. Pace yourself- accomplish the tasks on the priority list and then move on to other tasks
  3. Communicate with co-workers. Let them know you have just gotten back and that you will need a little time to get back up to speed.

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