The actress filmed her last scenes as Rosie Webster last month following a 12-year stint on the ITV1 show. She left to pursue other roles and spend time with her footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair.
"I'm taking some time out before I decide what to do next and I can't wait to have a go at cooking up some nice dinners for Scott. But that doesn't mean I'm going to do his washing - he can do that himself," Flanagan told the Daily Star Sunday.
"It hasn't quite hit me that I've actually left Corrie - it feels a little like I'm on a break - but I'm sure it will when I watch my final scenes go out. I'm planning to do that at home with Scott. My last day on set I didn't cry but it was really, really emotional.
"Somehow I managed to hold it together. It was a very special day for me and one I will never forget. They presented me with a beautiful necklace, which is just stunning. It's something that I'll cherish forever."
Rosie departs from Weatherfield next month when she is offered the chance star in a dating show in London.
Flanagan added: "Everyone knows me for playing Rosie so it's going to take a little while for me to leave her behind. I am an actress and I love acting but I'm not going to jump into something straightaway, as that wouldn't be right.
"I know I made the right decision leaving as it means I can now grow as a person. And with the Websters being such a big part of the Street there's always the opportunity Rosie could return to cause more trouble.
"I'd never say never to going back but at the moment I want to concentrate on what other opportunities are out there for me as an actress."
Coronation Street bosses are said to be planning to offer Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster) a "mega-bucks" deal to stop her leaving the soap. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad