Summer is finally here; the sun is shining, the air is warm, the birds are chirping and the beach is calling. But unfortunately, there’s still plenty of work to be done.
It can be really hard to stay focused on work when the weather is so gorgeous, but it has to be done. How can you hold yourself accountable for completing your work when you’d rather be outside enjoying all that the summer has to offer?
Here are a few tips:
- Get more work done mid week. During the summer, a lot of people will be taking off on Fridays or Mondays for weddings, camping trips or any other events they have planned. If you can try to avoid scheduling due dates or important meetings for Fridays or Mondays, you can get more done between Tuesday and Thursday while still allowing people to get work done on Mondays and Fridays if they’re around.
- Get in the spirit of the summer. Let’s face it; everyone at the office is longing to get outside and enjoy the weather. So what if you took a day to have a company barbecue or some outdoor games? It’ll satisfy people’s craving for some summer fun and allow them to recharge and get back to work without being as distracted by the prospect of what they’re missing. You could also choose to extend hours on a couple weekdays to give people off early on Fridays.
- Change up your routine. Most jobs are defined by some sort of routine, but that routine can get tedious during the summer when you’re doing the same thing as you do the rest of the year, except that you’re missing nicer weather outside. Try to find new ways to challenge your employees or give them new tasks or training to focus on.
- Focus on deadlines rather than hours. With people taking vacations and days off during the summer, it can be hard to keep people on conventional work schedules. Try being more flexible with people’s hours during the summer so long as they get projects completed by a particular deadline. If people know that they have the ability to take off, they’ll stay more focused on completing their project and not getting off track.
- Get those windows open! This isn’t so much a business tip, but it can still make a big difference; if your business has windows, open them up and let the sunshine and fresh air come streaming in. It can be very depressing for employees to have to sit in a sterile, stale work environment when there’s so much life right outside the window.
Do you suffer from motivation during the summer months? It’s completely normal! Just remember that everyone is in the same boat, but there are ways that you can keep focused on work even on the nicest summer days.
Christine Kelly | Queen Bee | Viral Solutions LLC