SUMMERTIME AND WORKIN’ IS NOT SO EASY
Some Summer Motivation
If you’re like most people in the Midwest, or other areas with minimal sunshine in the winter, when the weather finally starts to heat up all you want to do is sit outside and put your feet up, preferably by a pool. The thing is many of us have full-time jobs that depend on us being in an office, in a cube, sometimes with no windows for 8 or more hours out of the day. With the summer months approaching (and for those in Chicago, who have already experienced the early summer weather), I thought I would share some simple ideas that might help you stay motivated during the dog days of summer.
“Rebrand” your work space
Sometimes all you need is a little change to re-engage your focus. Rearrange your desk, bring in a plant, hang something new on your wall or just find a new way to organize your work materials.
I know, I know. No one has ever told you that before!! But seriously, we all know that physical exercise is not only a way to stay healthy and fit but it also improves mental health by elevating your mood and promoting self esteem which can, in turn, increase your motivation at work. Regular physical activity can also help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently thus giving you more energy throughout the day. In the summer, try to get outside for a walk, a run or a bike ride to soak in the Vitamin D!
Identify your “Prime Time”
Whether you’re full of focused energy first thing in the morning or need to warm up with some coffee before your brain starts functioning, everybody has a best time of day. If possible, schedule your most complicated projects during your prime time.
Get out of there!!
No, don’t quit your job. That’s a little extreme. Instead, reserve half an hour per day to remove yourself from your chair and go outside. Sit outside and read a book, take a stroll with a co-worker or even take a work call outside if you can. Also, utilize your vacation time! For many companies, business tends to slow down in the summer months. Even if you aren’t able to get out of town, make it a “staycation” and take a mental health day to refocus your energy.