Feel like summer is passing you by? Fret not — even employed people can savor the warm weather. Read on for suggestions.
If it’s a fact that worker productivity goes up when the weather is bad, then it stands to reason that the opposite is also true. When the sun’s out, you want to be out.
But chances are you have a job that requires your continuing presence even in June, July and August. Here are some tips to make the best of it.
• On sunny days, suggest that meetings be held outside. The jolt of vitamin D will not only brighten the mood, it may even spark creative thinking.
• Bring a bit of the outdoors indoors by buying flowers or a new plant for your workspace, or by hanging up a poster of a beach or mountain scene.
• If your boss is OK with it, cheer up your workspace with additional lighting, such as one of those “natural spectrum” lamps.
• Do you always wear black? If you live in Seattle, you probably do. But it’s June, people. Consider livening up that funereal garb with a pastel shirt or top. You may not have time to work on your summer glow, but brighter colors can make it look as if you have.
• Food is a huge part of summer. You can get a taste of it, literally, by switching out your usual blah lunchtime sandwich for a yummy fruit salad featuring Pacific Northwest raspberries, blueberries and cherries.
• If you have control over your schedule, take better advantage of our long summer evenings by coming in an hour earlier so you can leave an hour earlier. At the very least, increase your outside time every day by going for a quick walk around the block at break or lunchtime. You could even ditch that grim eat-at-your-desk habit and take your lunch outside.
• Do you have the kind of job that allows you to listen to your own music? Create a personalized summertime playlist. Search for “songs of summer” or make an eclectic collection of whatever music brings back memories of past summer vacations.
Speaking of which, please do be sure to take some kind of summer vacation. Even if all you can manage are a few four-day weekends, don’t miss out on what our beautiful part of the country has to offer. The November gloom will be here soon enough.
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use and of the novel “The Paris Effect.” Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.