If your motivation has plummeted because it feels like you're the only one stuck in the office -- and maybe you are -- use the time to tackle all the little things that have been piling up.
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You may not be able to leave work, but that doesn't mean you can't give yourself a little break. Dorie Clark at Harvard Business Review suggests slow times when everyone is out of the office is a great time to handle minor tasks that may have been impeding your productivity throughout the year. Chances are you have a to-do list filled with less-urgent tasks that keep getting pushed down by more important things.
Now that there's no one around to judge you, or get on your case, take a few days to fill out expense reports, respond to emails (or clean out your inbox), clean your desk, fill out your calendar, and whatever else will make you look super productive when everyone gets back. Sometimes you can't force motivation, so you might as well make the best of that time.
How to Stay Motivated When Everyone Else Is on Vacation [Harvard Business Review]