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.

Chuck and I were just talking about the so called "end of summer" and the lack of energy we see in so many people.  You're going on, or have finished, vacation, school is just around the corner for the kids, it's hot and humid, so we're all hoping to just make it through August.

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.

I have good news for you.  I found this web site Gawker and they have some good 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.

Another good suggestion is complaining that you’re totally swamped whenever possible.   Another is to schedule meetings with friends in other parts of the organization and keep your desk messy so people think you’ve got lots going on.

So.....how are you spending the dog days of August?