Whether you’ve come in early, stayed late, or found yourself stuck working over a holiday, having an empty office to yourself is actually a great time to catch up and get ahead on your long list of to-dos (while also having a little fun).
What can you do when there’s no one else around? Here are some ideas.
- Need to make copies, shred paper, or do anything distracting that would normally disrupt your co-workers? Now’s the time to do it. (Fast Company)
- The best part of being alone: You can blast your favorite productivity playlist as loud as you want. (Mic)
- Another great thing about not having co-workers in the office is that you can harness your brain power to do that one intense task that requires zero interruptions. (Entrepreneur)
- You may be too busy during the normal workday, but now is the ideal time to give your desk the clean it deserves . (Zen Habits)
- Better yet, it’s also the perfect time to clean your office’s common areas . Think of it as an easy way to show gratitude to your colleagues. (The Huffington Post)
- A nice perk of working during odd hours is that it’s easier to get down to inbox zero . Fewer people are sending and receiving emails, which means you won’t get 10 emails back immediately for every one that you send. (Lifehack)
- Get some reading done . A quiet office is the perfect place to catch up on the latest investor reports or industry news without being interrupted. (99U)
- Or, you could be like this guy and take really fun Snapchats in your empty office space (extra points for creativity). (College Humor)
- Want to have some fun? You’re allowed. Try creating these fun crafts with only office supplies. (The Daily Muse)