Summer is the best time of the year to be outside — soaking up some sun, being in nature and enjoying the day. You may also find that it is the hardest part of the year to be stuck in an office, losing out on that summer glow and daydreaming about being anywhere but your desk.
While it may be hard to focus on what is in front of you, with some readjusting (and some motivation), you can get back on track to power through this season!
Continue reading for 5 tips on staying productive this summer.
1. Organize your To-Do’s
Getting all of your pending assignments out on the table will help you prioritize what you need to do so you can add in what you want to do. Organize your plan into achievable goals in the order you need to get them done. It will feel amazing when you are able to check off an assignment.
We’ve tried bullet journaling and the Trello app to get us organized. While bullet journaling sent our to-do list out of control, Trello helped keep us focused on our task at hand. Figure out what works best for you and let us know in the comments below.
2. Work in Spurts
You don’t need to finish everything at the same time. Work in spurts of energy and focus until you feel the lag starting to come on.
Keep your assignments in bite sized pieces, not exceeding 30 mins of work to stay focused. When you start to feel lazy, take a walk. Step away from your desk and get some fresh air and sunshine. This will help refocus your mind to get back into the grind.
Even try to work outside, if you can connect on a wireless device.
3. Don’t Go Casual
It is so easy to fall into casual attire at work during the summer. It is hot and muggy and the last thing you want to do is dress professionally.
You don’t have to go to the max; keep the sandals, but ditch the sun dress. You need to feel like you are being productive in your office, not falling into the mindset of a nice summer day outside.
4. Go for the easy wins
Start your day by diving into those quick and easy tasks that you can get out of the way. This will make your mind and body feel like it is being productive and it will cause a chain reaction you can stay on all day.
But, be careful that you aren’t using this to waste time on meaningless assignments. It is an easy win, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important.
5. Plan a Getaway
Stay focused by having something to look forward to. Plan a vacation, even if it is a weekend getaway, to motivate you to get your work done effectively. The excitement of getting away will create an adrenaline rush to get your work done on time.
Staying productive in the summer is difficult, but you can get through it. Keep your eye on the prize to get your work done this summer!