How to Conquer Your Email After a Vacation by Nick Douglas

Welcome back to work. While you catch up on all the emails you didn’t handle while you were gone, new emails will start coming in. Depending on your job, this emails might be your actual job responsibility or a distraction that you’re annoyingly obligated to deal with anyway. Here’s how to avoid that “Lucy in the chocolate factory” feeling as you dig through your inbox.

Keep your auto-responder on
First you need to set expectations. Whether or not you take an extra day off work to recover, you should spend your first day back pretending you’re still away. Keep an auto-responder on, and imply (or flatly lie) that you’re unreachable on your first day back. When you actually do reply to some emails today, no one is going to get mad that you were surprisingly responsive.

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