The 18 Stages of Coming Back to Work After the Holidays


Author: Eliot Bell
Source: The Muse

No doubt about it, coming back to the office from extended time off can be a struggle. Just when you got comfortable, forgot about work, and perfected your vacation sleep schedule, reality returns. And it’s not pretty.

For anyone just not quite feeling ready for next week, we’ve pulled together a visual representation of the 18 stages of heading back to the office.

1. It’s Sunday night, and all is peaceful.

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2. Then, terror strikes out of nowhere.

3. It sinks in. You have to go to work tomorrow.


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4. You double check the calendar to make sure. Maybe you’ve made a mistake and there’s one more vacation day.

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5. Nope, tomorrow is a work day.

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6. Anxiety strikes. You peek at your work email, and it’s not pretty.

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7. You force yourself to go to bed early.

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8. And what feels like 10 minutes later, the alarm goes off.

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9. Snooze.


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10. Snooze again.

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11. Die, alarm clock. Just die.

12. You contemplate taking a sick day. It would be totally believable, right?


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13. But, instead, you struggle to get to work, and feel like you barely made it.

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14. You put on your best fake smile, and tell everyone how happy you are to be back.


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15. And try to contain your annoyance when someone else way overdoes the pretending-that-being-back-is-exciting act.


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