Here's how to survive August at work

Aug. 3, 2011 at 7:39 AM ET

Now that all that debt ceiling excitement is out of the way, it’s time to move on to the real business of August: Pretending to work.

If you’re unlucky enough to be stuck in the office while at least half of your co-workers, customers or bosses are off on vacation, the hours can drag on. And yet, appearing not to be hard at work is a major faux pas in the current economic environment.

Luckily, Gawker has some tips for you. The website recommends things like typing a lot — what you type is irrelevant — creating a busywork-type project, sending e-mails at odd times and pretending to be walking busily toward nonexistent meetings.

Since looking busy is a timeless art, we went back in the vault a few years to come up with some other creative solutions to the August doldrums.

A Wired story from 2008 recommends complaining that you’re totally swamped whenever possible. In another post from 2008, a website called BusinessFinance suggests scheduling meetings with friends in other parts of the organization and keeping your desk messy so people think you’ve got lots going on.

You are also more than welcome to spend your hours reading this blog.

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