Remember the feeling when it was the last day of school and the thrill of running out of the entrance doors into the great, wild and wonderful unknown of summer break? College days were the same after the last finals and the car was loaded up to drive home there was a sense of freedom and accomplishment. As working adults, unless we are teachersl, we are lucky to get a week or two off or perhaps a long weekend. Even so the thrill is pretty much the same. Turn off the laptop, close the office door, kick off the pumps and off to get some well-needed R&R while singing the Alice Cooper song “Schools Out for Summer!”
But what if you’ve used your vacation time already for family reasons or perhaps you took a mid-winter ski vacation or escaped the cold on a tropical cruise? While the office sits almost empty you are the lone ranger holding down the fort till your colleagues return with great tales of summer delights and tan lines.
Here are six ways to make the most of summer even if you are out of vacation days.
- Make the most of the emptier office. Since your colleagues are away it’s a great time to catch up on things like cleaning out your emails, arranging files and dusting off projects put on hold. The feeling of being so organized is as exhilarating as an ocean breeze and sand beneath your toes…well maybe that’s a stretch.
- Take advantage of the nice weather and schedule 10 minute outdoor breaks. Take a stroll around the building or parking lot or sit outside and catch some vitamin D sun rays. .
- Instead of eating lunch at your desk schedule time to network with someone you’ve been meaning to catch up with. Arrange to meet at an outdoor café over lunch and enjoy the fun of eating outdoors.
- Turn off the AC roll down the windows and open the sunroof. Turn on some beach music and crank up the radio. Put on some shades and enjoy the commute by taking this chill time to prepare for the day or unwind on the ride home. Stop by 7-11 on the way home for a slurpee!
- Schedule weekend get-a-ways or day trips. It’s amazing what is out there in your own backyard. Museums, country roads, walking/bike trails, amusement parks, historical sites, farmers markets and gardens. You will feel like you are on an adventure without having to take a day off of work. Make it a point to do something new every weekend even it if is just for a few hours.
- Get creative with your office hours. Ask your supervisor if you could come in earlier so you can end your day earlier during summer hours. Perhaps working from home is an option or four ten-hour days so you can enjoy three day weekends. It doesn’t hurt to ask. Companies are more flexible now so give it a try. When I worked for McDonald’s Corporation in Chicago their offices closed up every Friday afternoon around 1 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day so employees could enjoy the long awaited summer weather after enduring tough Chicago winters.
Summer vacation is a state of mind, so do your best to enjoy this wonderful season whether you are seated at your desk or on a beach chair.
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