Keeping Track At Work When Vacation Is On Your Mind

Perhaps if you could pitch a beach umbrella in the middle of the office, it would help you feel better about spending the summer behind your desk. Everyone, it seems, is on vacation. Everyone except you. Here are tips on remaining sunny when it seems as if everyone else is at the beach:

  • Start building a positive vocabulary in your thoughts and comments about work.
  • Reward yourself for milestones. For example, leave the building and take a short, pleasant walk after completing an important task.
  • Become the architect of your own success by building time off into your schedule.
  • Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Utilize that time constructively by taking a break from the workplace.
  • Plan a mini outing either on the way to work or on the way home. For example, pick up a sandwich after work, and stop at a park for a weekday picnic.
  • Reassess your goals. If you yearn for a vacation, perhaps it is because you no longer enjoy your job. Think about what once made you passionate about your work—and see if that reignites the fire.
  • Motivate yourself with an upcoming trip. When you’re having a rough day at work, remember your future plans. It can be easier to finish tasks with an exciting trip as motivation.
  • Plan weekend trips. Sometimes taking long periods of time off might be harder due to personal or professional reasons. Getting away even for the weekend can recharge your batteries and help you return focused.
  • Take advantage of long summer days. Get outdoors after work, even if for a brief moment. Find a scenic spot to relax at on your way home and take a moment for yourself.

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