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Three Ways to Motivate Yourself When Everyone’s on Vacation

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Aug 10, 2016

WorkingVacationApparently it’s prime vacation time, because half or more of your office is out doing fun things like lounging on the beach, sipping cocktails and then posting the pictures on Instagram. When almost everyone’s gone, it can be difficult to get anywhere. After all, you can’t have that important meeting if people aren’t there. Still, there are some strategies you can employ to make progress. Here they are, from Harvard Business Review:

Do meaningful work. Odds are you probably spend a good portion of every day responding to emails. If a lot of your coworkers are out, that might translate to less emails, which means you can allocate the time you would’ve spent answering them to more meaningful work. Maybe there’s a project you’ve been meaning to get to, or a pitch you’ve been trying to flesh out.

Tackle the minor tasks. Doing bigger work is easier said than done when all you can think about when you close your eyes is how comfortable your colleagues must be while they’re stretched out on the sand somewhere. If that’s the case, try to spend some time taking on minor tasks like cleaning off your desk or updating your LinkedIn profile.

Network. With fewer people in the office, you may find that it’s the perfect time to do some networking, whether inside or outside of your firm.