Time for some real talk, folks. It’s summertime, the weather is beautiful, your social media feed is full of beach and picnic posts… and you’re stuck at work, grinding away. Bummer, right?! Unless you’re one of the incredibly fortunate few who loves what they do every moment of the day, odds are you’re going to struggle with finding the motivation to do your work occasionally. It’s easier to be content at work when it’s rainy, cold, or otherwise unpleasant outdoors, isn’t it? That said, unless your last name is “McDuck”, you’ve gotta earn that money! Here are some tip for staying on your A-Game at work, even when you’d rather be outside playing a game.
There are several ways you can adjust your schedule to maximize your summer fun. Some offices run summer hours programs, where you can sign up to work an extra hour Monday through Thursday, and work a half day on Friday, giving you a nice long weekend without any negative impact on your check! If you work variable shifts, you can volunteer to take less desirable shifts in hopes of maximizing your day. Jillian from our Marketing team reports that one summer during college she worked in a nursing home kitchen, and prefered the earliest shift, because while she had to be at work by 4:30 am, she was also done for the day at 11:30, so she had the rest of the day for the beach!
Take Your Work With You
If your work is portable, bring it to the sunshine! With the age of computers, so much work can be done from your laptop… and nearly everywhere has wi-fi! Find a coffee shop with a patio, use your mobile hotspot to work at the park or beach, or even just work from home out on your deck! It doesn’t have to be complicated. And there’s just something so nice about sitting in the fresh air instead of a stuffy, air conditioned office. Heather from our marketing team says that her favorite place to work on a beautiful day is in her little backyard with an iced coffee and some music. It’s like a mini party for one!
Sneak in Some Sunshine
If your work isn’t portable, that’s no reason you can’t at least get a little sunshine in your day. Use your break to take a quick walk outside - it’ll get your blood pumping and help you feel refreshed for the rest of your day! If you’re able, take your lunch outside for a lovely al fresco dining experience.Learn Something New
Summer is a perfect time to take a class in something you’ve always wanted to try. A lot of local markets offer cooking classes, your local community college or YMCA is also a great place to look. Also, just googling for “(skill) classes in (your area)” might show you some new places you never knew existed! Learning new skills that aren’t directly work-related will shake up your thinking, and make your brain work in ways it isn’t used to. You’ll feel invigorated, and that will boost your motivation in all other areas of your life!
Refresh & Refocus
Summer is a slow time for a lot of fields. People are out on vacation, you’re usually not starting up major new projects… all of which only encourages your summer motivation slump! Take this time to review your yearly goals, assess what’s working and adjust what isn’t. Make new goals if you’re already crushing the ones you set earlier in the year! Another great refresh is to clean and organize your desk / office. Get rid of clutter, get some fresh office supplies, or even re-decorate your space. Don’t forget your digital office space while you’re at it! When you make sure your files are organized, and delete old files, you maximize your efficiency - and that always makes me feel super motivated!
Well, there you have ‘em – my tips for keeping yourself focused during the summer slump. What do you do to keep yourself motivated during the summertime? And of course, don’t forget to stop in to the shop or visit the website if some fresh fashion is what you need to keep yourself on task this summer!