Let the sunny August weather in Seattle inspire you inside the office. Here’s how.

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Are you sitting at your desk feeling the summer blahs or wishing your job was as exciting as that vacation you just had?

While work might never be as fun-filled as your vacation — like line-dancing on an exotic beach at sunset with a margarita in your hand — you can still kick it up a notch in August.

Let the sunny weather in Seattle inspire you inside the office. Here’s how.

Redecorate your work space. Even if you’re stuck in a tiny cubicle, it can be an energizing exercise to give your office a makeover. Clean out the clutter, tidy it up and add pictures with inspirational quotes or travel destinations.

Make a list of career goals. Brainstorm a list of things you’d love to accomplish in your career. Start with short-term items and work your way to longer-term goals. Then, consider the skills you’ll need to acquire to achieve your goals.

Start “coffee-chat” networking. The more you know about what’s going on in your organization, the better you’ll be at figuring out ways you can make a positive difference. A few times a week, ask a different co-worker to have coffee with you so you can find out as much as possible about the inner workings of the company.

Volunteer for a project. That’s right. Raise your hand and volunteer to lead a project at work. This can be a great way to learn new skills as well as help get you noticed by upper management.

Sign up for a class and learn something new. Remember that list of career goals you brainstormed? Check with local colleges and universities to see whether they offer online or evening classes in any of the skills you’d like to learn.

Participate in a seminar course. Don’t have the time for a lengthy class? Find weekend seminars on topics of interest such as dealing with difficult people, the fundamentals of project management, how to excel as a manager, leadership skills, team-building skills — the list of available seminars is almost endless these days.

Lead a lunch seminar. If you have a skill you could share with others, organize a brown-bag lunch session to provide training. Have participants bring their lunch into a conference room and then use the lunch hour to teach others how to be successful in your topic of choice.

Lisa Quast is a certified executive coach, and the author of the book Secrets of a Hiring Manager Turned Career Coach. Email her at lquast@careerwomaninc.com.