There you are: sitting on the beach, slathering on your sunscreen, reading your favorite book, and sipping your favorite beverage in the shade of a parasol. Life doesn’t get much better than this. Suddenly, the door closed, the phone rang, and the printer turned on. You suddenly regain consciousness. You sit and work in your cubicle without even a ray of sunlight from outside.
When you’re working a full-time job, finding time to enjoy the warm, sunny summer weather can be a challenge. This is especially true for young professionals, many of whom are used to summer vacation (or at least have a flexible summer schedule). But there’s no need to feel trapped behind your cubicle wall. Get out and enjoy summer!
Here are some tips for making the most of your summer vacation while working full-time:
1. Grab some foldable chairs
Keep a few collapsible camp chairs in the office so you and your co-workers can enjoy lunch in the sun—whether it’s at the park or in the parking lot.
2. Keep a beach bag in the car
Prepare a bag full of summer essentials for your favorite summer activities. Having a bag full of towels, sunscreen, and bathing suits (or, in my case, the backseat) will get you ready for anything. Heading to the pool with friends for a swim after get off work? You are covered. As soon as the clock strikes five, you can head straight to your chosen destination.
3. Plan an office outing
Plan an office field trip to the beach, park, or pool. Do something fun so your brain can recharge and rejuvenate!
4. Organize group hikes
Get together with a group of colleagues for a regular walk around town during lunch. (Or, you could suggest a quick trip to the ice cream parlor.) It’s a great way to get some fresh air, sunshine, and exercise.
5. Have lunch in the park
When you find yourself dining out, go somewhere with something like a deck, porch, or patio. Obviously, eating out every day isn’t a viable option for most of us, so consider other ideas as well. Pack your lunch and head to the park to enjoy your own picnic.
6. Organize an office campaign
Whether it’s forming an official office sports team or hanging out with co-workers a few times a week, exercising is a great way to get out and enjoy the weather. Are there fields nearby? Try setting up some slow softball games. Or, see if you can buy a basketball hoop for the office so you and a few co-workers can shoot hoops over lunch.
7. Join a professional body
During the summer, these professional social groups often host fun events such as harbor cruises, pub crawls and outdoor parties. Find professional groups in your area to make networking fun this summer.
8. Office BBQ
Turn on your grill! Talk to your boss about setting up an office barbecue. Ask everyone to contribute their favorite dish, side dish or drink. Fire up the grill and relax! Hey, it’s summer after all.
9. Get up early
Yes, yes, I know… waking up early can be an excruciating and excruciating experience for some of us, but waking up an hour earlier has its benefits too – especially in the summer. Go for a morning jog, hang out in the garden, or watch the sunrise with a loved one. Talk about how to start your day!
10. Use your downtime strategically
Use the holidays around the holidays strategically. That way, you can make an otherwise long weekend longer without taking up too much of your precious vacation time. The half day is also wonderful. It’s amazing how much you can do with an extra four hours! If you want to get your weekend off early but don’t want to use up your vacation too quickly, try taking half a day off on Friday instead of taking a full day off.
11. Bike to work
If you’re one of the lucky few who live within walking or biking distance of work, take advantage of it! Not only will you get plenty of fresh air, but you’ll also save on gas bills, which is always a plus!
There are so many easy ways to enjoy summer when you’re working a full-time job. So, this summer, try some of these ideas and make the most of the sun and warm weather – while it’s still there!
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This article was originally published on an earlier date.
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