As the daily temperatures rise and cook-outs and trips to the beach become part of the weekend plans, our ability to be stay focused at work tends to diminish. Maybe we regress to when we had summers off as school children, or perhaps it’s just our desire to be soaking up some rays—either way, the work is still there and has to get done. Here are some tips for maintaining your productivity when you would rather be anywhere but at work.
Reminder: you have a job. Your employer is paying you to perform a certain job, and it’s not going to do itself. Just because it’s summer and your supervisor is on vacation doesn’t mean you can slack off without consequences; remember that your performance is evaluated year round, not just from Labor Day until Memorial Day!
Make a daily task list. Having a visual bead on what what you need to accomplish during the day will help you stay on task.
Take a movement break. If you are in the midst of a big project, switch gears to another project – taking a mental break; get a cup of coffee, take a walk around the office, or stand and stretch at least once an hour – a movement break. Your brain needs a diversion every once in a while to allow it to perform at optimal levels, according to a study conducted by a psychology professor at the University of Illinois.
Get some vitamin D. Lack of vitamin D has been linked to cognitive impairment, and since it’s in abundant supply during the summer, take advantage and step outside for a little sun. According to vitamindcouncil.org, you only need to spend a relatively short period of time in the mid-day sun to absorb 10,000-25,000 IU of vitamin D, just enough time for you to take one of your frequent breaks and reset your brain. Summer solstice is Saturday, June 20, 2020 – soak up some sun, safely of course!
Take a walk. Walking raises your serotonin level, which, like vitamin D, helps you stay focused. If you can’t get outside to take a walk around the building and breathe in some fresh air, take a walk to the supply room or the mail room. Just getting away from your desk will be a benefit.
Commute by bicycle or by foot. Consider riding your bike or walking to work if you live within a reasonably close distance. You’ll get some of that critical vitamin D, you’ll get your daily exercise, you’ll be helping the environment, and you’ll get to breathe in some fresh air.
Increase your value as an employee. With co-workers taking summer vacations, there will be no shortage of holes to fill. Why not cross-train? You’ll learn something new and make yourself a more valuable employee at the same time.
Change your routine. Sometimes we just need to change things up, keeping things fun and interesting. Try a small change like eating lunch later; it will make the second half of the day seem to fly by. Instead of two cups of coffee in the morning, drink one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A small shift in routine can yield big results!
Take a vacation. That’s right; use your vacation time to enjoy the warmer weather and regenerate your productivity. Think about your best strategies for enjoying a work/life balance in the summertime, and make them a reality.
Work doesn’t come to a grinding halt in the summer; nor should your productivity. Some of these suggestions are simple, yet can make a big difference in how motivated you stay during your work day. You don’t have to do them all at once—try one a day. You might surprise yourself with how much more work you get done.
It’s summertime, and here at Masiello Employment, we take our work seriously, yet we incorporate suggestions like those we are sharing with you. We need to! We are finding ways to make our work-days productive and still incorporate self-care. In this season of tumultuous times, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. Should you find yourself in a position where it’s time to refresh your resume as well as your summer routine, give us a call. We’ll be ready to help.