When the journey of revenge ebbs, rearrange the workspace

As the waves of new Covid-19 variants wavered, social scientists at UC Davis and several other universities studied our behavior and mobility.

Pandemic patterns show consumers rushing after each wave of coronavirus, eager to splurge on travel. They even have a name for it: “Revenge Travel”.

If you’ve recently tried to coordinate an in-person event, find a real person on the phone, or schedule a doctor’s appointment, it may feel like half the country is on vacation and the other half wants it. ‘be.

But if canceled flights, waiting in airports for hours or days, losing luggage and spending a fortune on gas doesn’t sound appealing, there might be a better option for how to spend August. Just as farmers spend the month preparing and resting for the fall harvest, you can spend August near your home and office, getting organized (and resting) for a busy fall while saving your hard earned money.

Whether you are an employee or self-employed, once your colleagues return from vacation, they will be ready to return to work. For many companies, the fourth quarter is the busiest quarter of the year.

You can prepare with new fall marketing while staying cool in your office. Update your website, contact lists and social media to stay ahead of the competition. Your planning will translate into actions and sales in the fall. Even if you’re not a sales manager, August is a great time to update your resume, catch up on reading, and organize your workspace.

Finance professionals are always busy in the fall. Their schedules are usually busy at the end of the year and continue to be hectic in the new year. August is a great time to visit or call them, as many have also wisely decided not to travel this month. Instead of waiting to ask your questions during their busy seasons, make a list and ask them for help now. (They might even have time to go to lunch.)

Most schools start earlier than before, so children often return to school in mid-August. Start thinking about how you will use the extra time when they return to school and how you can make lunch preparation, transportation and extracurricular activities easier.

I use downtime indoors (since it’s hot anyway) and make August a time to improve things at home. To start, ask yourself how to make life easier, more efficient and more fun. Make a list. Start by spending some time, like 20 minutes a day, doing one thing to make your life easier. Earn extra credit by using something you already have around the house to get the job done instead of buying something new.

Since this is still a financial column, examples of small personal finance jobs might include installing a mail rack and shredding basket near the front door, closing unnecessary “monthly” bank or online accounts, cleaning up paperwork from horizontal surfaces (especially the dining room table), or creating a folder for all your tax information. Maybe try new financial apps that simplify your finances. Some apps may consolidate all of your accounts into one screen. Others can automatically manage and cancel subscriptions you don’t use.

Some of the non-financial odd jobs I’ve done include cleaning out a drawer that could barely close, planting an herb garden on the windowsill, and installing hooks for the dry cleaning and scarves. It only took my husband 20 minutes to hang a hummingbird feeder in my office window, which brings joy to everyday life. (Bonus points if you can encourage your spouse to join these plans for August.) I recommend mixing “simple” with “fun” or creative jobs so it doesn’t get too tedious. Be sure to choose the easiest tasks first and check off the tasks on your list to build confidence and make it a habit.

Just because you’ve decided to get ready for fall instead of flying or driving long distances doesn’t mean August has to be just another work month. Find inexpensive activities near you. For example, swimming at the local pool isn’t just for kids. Our park offers free hours for adults only and an aquatic fitness program for seniors. There are also websites that list day passes for pool use at local hotels (starting at $25 per person) and sites that list private pools for rent (starting at $15 per hour).

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