Forget Christmas, in fact summer is the most magical time of the year. We’re brighter, more energetic, there are holidays to enjoy, and barbecues, the kids are gleeful and wild, nights are light and the sea is warm. It’s bliss!
That is, unless you’re stuck in the office, sweating and gazing longingly out of the window glooming over what fun other people are having.
So, let’s be proactive. How can we bring the summer feeling into our offices and our work?
1. Bring the outside inside:
A couple of well-placed houseplants, a succulent or terrarium on your desk can bring about tranquility, cleaner air and a connection to the outdoors.
2. Treat yourself to some summer tunes:
Whether you like Bob Marley or the Beach Boys, Jazzy Jeff or Beyonce, an hour nodding along to your favourite summer songs is certain to lift your spirits. Drowning out office chatter can sometimes help focus and productivity too.
3. Have an ice cream:
Nothing says summer like an ice cream. Stroll around the nearest park with a cone and let your taste buds foster holiday vibes.
4. Make the most of summer nights:
Even if you get in at six or seven in the evening, there are still several hours of warmth and daylight ahead. Save flopping out in front of the TV for wintertime and lounge in the garden or head out for a walk.
5. Brighten up your workspace:
A little bit of colour goes a long way; think deck chair primaries or beach hut pastel shades. You could hang a poster by your desk or even install a desktop aquarium.
6. Go outside each and every day:
Don’t let a day go past without spending twenty minutes outdoors. It will help with your mood and vitamin D levels too. Feeling brighter is bound to improve work.
7. Put ice lollies in the office freezer:
Ok, it might sound childish but if you’re feeling frustrated, overly hot and wishing to be elsewhere, a little ice lolly break might be just the refresher you need. For those who are creative or want something healthier, make your own with frozen smoothies.
8. Break out of routine:
They say a change is as good as a rest. Well, maybe you could cycle or walk to work while it’s sunny or, if driving’s your only choice, take the scenic route in to the office?
9. Instigate something sporty:
Head over to the nearest park or recreation grounds for a game of Frisbee, giant Jenga, croquet or an inter-departmental rounders match.
10. Take advantage of 21st Century Print’s Summer Special Offer
Ok, it’s not going to change the fact that you’re in the office but it is sure to save you a few pennies and get a job seriously well done. And, that feels good! Summer also feels good, so that must mean summer and our Summer Special Offer are basically the same thing!
There’s plenty of summer ahead. We hope you most thoroughly enjoy it!