It’s creeping towards the end of July. The weather is finally nice. It’s hot outside and there’s nowhere you’d rather be than the lake. It’s the middle of summer and you feel the motivation slipping. It can be difficult to stay productive when summer is upon us, but unfortunately, that pile of paperwork won’t get finished by itself! Here are three tips to help keep your motivation during the summer.
Spend some time outside during your lunch break
Can’t afford to take some time off? We get it, it happens to everyone when the projects start to pick up. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great summer sunshine!
Take advantage of your lunch break to go outside and soak up some rays. Go take a 30-minute walk or take your lunch outside to eat. Spending just a few minutes of your day outside does wonders for your motivation. Getting just a little taste of summer during the work day will boost your mood and keep you focused.
Break your daily tasks down into a list
When your motivation begins to slide, it’s always a good idea to create a plan or to-do list for yourself. Write down all the things you want to get accomplished and prioritize them.
Do the most important tasks at the beginning of the day when your motivation is at its highest. As the day ticks away and summer’s heat starts to affect your motivation, it gets more and more difficult to stay focused. By working on your most pressing tasks at the beginning of the day, you will ensure that you get your most critical work done first (and done well!).
Take a vacation
If you’re really feeling the dog days of summer, use up some of your vacation time if you have some saved up. The best way to improve your motivation at work is to actually take some time away and relax. After all, that’s what your vacation time is for!
You’ll return feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world! If you don’t have a ton of time off available or you’re absolutely slammed at work, just try taking a Friday or Monday off to make it a long weekend. Even just taking an extra day off will help you enjoy some of the summer fun and take a step back from work to stimulate that slipping motivation.
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