The days are longer in the summertime, yet somehow productivity seems to decrease. You’d think with longer days, you’d get more done, yet it can be challenging to find your summertime motivation. There are so many other things to do (well it’s a good excuse – right)!
If you’re looking for a way to get your backside in gear, get more done, and stay motivated then this list of the best tricks is for you.
Summertime Motivation Tip #1 – Get it done in the morning
Most of the fun stuff during the summertime happens in the afternoon and evening. If you set aside a few hours each morning to be productive, meaning you don’t schedule or do anything but work, then you may find that you are not only able to take advantage of more daylight hours but you’re also able to be more productive.
Summertime Motivation Tip #2 – Reward yourself
After a period of hard work, do something nice for yourself. It can be anything from lunch at a nearby restaurant with a patio and outdoor seating to a few hours by the pool. Read a book, hang out with your friends or family or go for a hike or bike ride. Find something that you can enjoy doing AFTER you get your day’s work done.
Summertime Motivation Tip #3 – Break it up
Break up your work sessions into smaller bite-sized pieces. For example, if you’re working on a new marketing promotion, spread out the tasks over a week or two. This way you’re consistently making progress but you’re also not spending hours and hours a day on the project. It’s often easier to manage a small task rather than a big project.
Summertime Motivation Tip #4 – Work a shorter workweek
If you tend to work a more traditional workweek, consider changing it up. Work longer days four days a week and take an extra day off. So, you work four days a week instead of five. Three-day weekends are always something to look forward to.
Summertime Motivation Tip #5 – Get outside
You may work in an office, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few breaks during the day to get some fresh air. At the very least, take your lunch outside. If you can sneak in a few additional breaks during the day, go outside and get some exercise and fresh air. Walk around the block. You might be amazed by how much productive thinking you can get done while you’re walking outside. It’s a great way to problem solve.
Summer is a time for fun and enjoying nature. Yet your work still needs to get done. Whether you’re self-employed or you work a more traditional job, you can have the best of both worlds. You can enjoy your summer and stay motivated and productive. Remember if you don’t keep up your summertime motivation when fall starts in September you may be regretting it.