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What Should Keep You Going at Work While Everyone Else Has Jetted Off

What Should Keep You Going at Work While Everyone Else Has Jetted Off

For those of us that are working this summer, I am writing this blog. Yes, your colleague is enjoying a very relaxing holiday somewhere very far away. Maybe even relaxing on an idyllic deserted island or hiking volcanos. It is particularly easy to be jealous and become bitter as they are leaving you behind with the work piling up. However, there is an upside to all of this! This week’s blog is dedicated to making you feel better about working your butt off this summer at the office.

  1. There is less traffic. I want to write: “say goodbye to traffic jams for a few weeks”. However, this morning alone I ended being stuck in the single traffic jam across the country. Bad luck or the story of my life?
  2. Finally, you have time to go through all of those flagged messages and to do’s that never seem to make it to prio one. While I personally have many deadlines this summer, the fact that other people are taking holiday’s is giving me the opportunity to catch up on my mailbox without it growing at an even faster pace. Yes, the number of unread and flagged emails is finally decreasing. Hoping that by the end of August, I can say that I have a clean “email-slate”.
  3. The weather is good and your evenings feel longer. As the sunrise is late, it actually feels like you have an evening when you get home late from the office. When it is bright out, it is a lot more convincing to go out for that workout or meet up with some friends. Especially, winning that bit of time in traffic as well on your commute.
  4. The summer is the perfect time to make a game plan for the next year. Having a bit more breathing room at the office as the speed considerably goes down when colleagues take their kids on holiday, you can have a roadmap ready that will knock everybody’s socks off when you get there. Perfect timing for the budget meetings, to poach your project’s budget for next year. 
  5. Another plus of working during the summer, is that you keep your leave days for “off-peak” periods. It allows you to visit exotic places where the weather in summer is far from ideal. You also have the opportunity to spend your budget much more efficiently. Think of multiple trips and freedom to chase those flights and hotels during school periods. Another bonus: no crying and screaming kids on your trip(s) either. 

Are you working (at the office) this summer? Other advantages you can share with the rest of us to make us feel better? I hope this will help you see the bright side of your office days in the coming weeks!

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