Ah, the dog days of summer are on their way! While many people anticipate the summer season all year long, some dread the thought of being stuck in the office all day while others are out enjoying the sunshine. There’s no denying that busy work schedules can make it difficult to fully enjoy everything summer has to offer. However, with the right planning and mindset, you can successfully tackle your busy work schedule while still enjoying this glorious time of year. Here’s how:
Make a schedule – and stick to it.
The laid-back feeling of summer can make it tempting to live each day carefree with less structure. However, failing to make a schedule during the summer months can ultimately lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety. At the beginning of the summer, do a close evaluation of both your personal and professional commitments. For example, do you have plans to go out of town for a week in August? Will you be working overtime on a holiday, such as the 4th of July weekend? Getting organized will allow you to make plans around your existing commitments so you can maximize your time off and avoid constantly feeling torn between your work and personal life.
Think outside the box at work.
Rethinking how you work is one of the easiest ways to bring elements of summer into your workday. For example, consider scheduling lunch outdoors or walking meetings to connect with co-workers outside the office. Or, rather than scroll through your phone at your desk, use your breaks to take a walk or bike ride. Thinking outside the box will give you a chance to enjoy the summer weather while still being productive at work. The best news? This can have a great impact on your physical and mental health, ultimately improving your happiness and job satisfaction.
Prioritize and be mindful of what matters most.
Many work demands don’t slow down in the summer, and it can be easy to lose sight of what matters most. Rather than get bogged down in too many details, be proactive in prioritizing your tasks each day so you don’t have to work after hours or on weekends. Getting clear on your goals at work – and setting realistic expectations – will be critical for managing your priorities efficiently and effectively. By being mindful of how you use your time, you’ll keep yourself on track for better on-the-job performance, and most importantly, an improved work-life balance.
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