There IS a cure for the summer time blues!

Ah, summer time! Frolicking in the pool, back yard barbeques, beach day with a great book, and cocktails by citronella candle…there’s nothing better than a lazy summer day. IF you get to have a lazy summer day, that is. How about when you’re stuck at work for the 9-5 grind, surrounded by black monitors, black computers (or maybe charcoal gray), black phones…you’re supposed to love your job, not feel surrounded by a funeral dirge! Brighten up your office space, bring the sunshine in! Who can resist bright neon Post-Its? Or a neon pen to write on them with?

We can admit here, in the privacy of this blog, that there are certain times of the day where you realize that you are no longer going to get anything productive done. Usually it’s about 3-4 o’clock in the afternoon (the time that it is now in my blog-world), and your mind just starts to wander to topics not pertaining to work. Grab some construction paper and neon markers and go to town! Doodle and ignite the creativity that is currently snoozing somewhere in your subconscious. Just don’t tell your boss I told you to do so.

Last but not least, surround yourself with beauty. I know you have pictures of your kids and significant others surrounding you, and calendars with cute, fluffy animals adorning your cubicle walls (I am so guilty) but just a little extra something can bring you to your happy place with a little glance down at your desk. A mouse pad or wrist rest with a scenic seaside picture of palms swaying in a slight sea-breeze while waves lap gently at the shoreline can go a long way to revitalizing your spirit, or if the beach isn’t for you (you know who you are, lake people) then a nice desk calendar with high alpine lakes glinting like a sapphire under deep blue skies might just be for you. Whatever your happy place is, you can find something in office supplies to bring you there, and make your work day a little bit sunnier. Happy working!

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