It is easy to get distracted during summer. The weather is nicer, there are festivals and concerts, pool parties and weddings to attend. With all of these distractions how is anyone supposed to stay focused at work all day long? Following these few simple tips can help to keep you focused during summer and make the most of your work day.
Fill your to-do list with achievable goals
Knowing exactly what needs to be done each day can help you to stay focused. Don't make your list a mile long; keep it as achievable as possible. Put your most pressing tasks first. Summer is also a great time to fill your to-do list with projects you haven't had time to do before now. If your business slows down in the summer use this time to improve processes or work on that project that just keeps getting pushed aside.
Change it up
Changing the location of where you work can help keep things fresh during the summer. If your company offers the option to work from home on Fridays take advantage of it. If they offer you the option to connect outside of the office, move around, work at a coffee shop or outside. The happier you are with your working environment, the more productive you are likely to be.
Plan a company outing
Plan an event to keep the team feeling connected. Something simple as drinks after work or bigger like a company picnic/BBQ can be a good way to have some fun. Employees still feel like they are partaking in a summer fun activity but are still connecting to work. If you have to work on a weekend do it over breakfast or lunch. Incorporating some fun into your work day can help you from feeling the blues when you're stuck inside on a nice summer day.
Eat & dress the part
Eating a healthy breakfast and dressing up can help keep your productivity high in the summer time. As the saying goes 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day' so you don't want to miss it. Eating right in the morning can help with your concentration and attention. Pair it with some coffee or tea to stay alert. Dressing professional helps you stay in the work mode throughout the day. Wearing those flip flops can make you feel like you should be at the beach instead of at work.
With the distraction of the nice weather and all the summer fun staying organized at work can be a difficult task. Make sure your desk is free of unnecessary clutter. Remove anything that would make you lose concentration. If you don't want your desk looking bare try working in a conference room for those really important tasks.
Working through the summer months can be tough. It is hard to stay focused with all the fun going on around you. Instead of shutting down completely, work through your day bit by bit and schedule some fun in. What ways do you stay focused at work during the summer?