With summer fast approaching, you may be finding it difficult to continue a high level of productivity at the office. Let’s face it, we’re only human. No matter your age – or how long you have been working a full-time office job – as soon as the weather warms up, ditching work and hanging out in the sun all day is tempting. Being stuck inside the office all day during summer is like have three months of “the Monday’s.” As the weather gets another degree warmer, your productivity decreases, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Here’s 4 tips to be productive through the summer months.
Take the time to get outside.
No, you can’t ditch work and go to a baseball game, and going for a swim on your lunch break is tempting, but may not be plausible for most. However, make sure to take the time to get outside and enjoy the sunlight. Sunlight is a proven – obviously natural – remedy for anxiety, stress, and sleep deprivation.
By spending fifteen minutes outside, early in the morning, the sunlight communicates to your body that, “Hey, it’s time to wake up and get to work.” Melatonin – a natural hormone produced in the body – is what makes you feel tired whenever the sun is no longer out or you are in an enclosed, dark space, (hence why you get a better night’s sleep whenever there is no source of light entering your bedroom). Sunlight pauses melatonin production in the body, thus making you feel more awake. So, going for a walk on your lunch break or eating your lunch outside in the sunlight is a great way to stave off any drowsiness and get back to work.
Stay on top of your work.
Things at the office can slow down during the summer. You may find yourself with less projects than usual, or you may find yourself online shopping and making plans for the weekend because of a lack of work. Don’t let your time in the office go to waste. There is always something you can do to stay busy.
Prepare for future projects, organize the files on your computer, or ask co-workers if they need help with any work. There’s always something that you can do, and by completing future work early, you won’t have to stress about completing work before going on vacation or other summer activities.
Avoid social media during work hours.
We’re all guilty of getting sidetracked by social media while we’re at work. During the summertime, you may be more interested in making plans, or seeing how your friends or family may be enjoying time outdoors. Stay logged off of social media accounts during morning and afternoon hours and set your phone on silent.
If you are weak, and can’t resist the temptations, there are Apps you can download to help stave off temptations. For example, Get Concentrating is an App that can be programmed to block social media and other distractions between specific times. There are additional Apps designed to help block distractions. Choose the best options for your level of distraction, and reign in your urges to procrastinate.
Keep work at work.
Stop taking work home. Taking work home – all year long, but especially when the weather is nice – prevents you from dedicating enough time to your personal life. Not only does bringing work home prevent you from leading a fulfilling and balanced lifestyle, but it also decreases the amount of work left for the next day. While it’s important to show initiative and motivation at work, you want to avoid burning yourself out.
If you do not have a dedicated work phone, make sure your customers, clients, coworkers, and any higher-ups understand what your work-times are. Refrain from answering the phone during your off hours, and leave checking your email for the morning hours before leaving the house the next day.
There will always be days where your productivity is compromised, or you have a “case of the Mondays.” Following these simple tips will help to maintain your efficiency at work and leave time for summer activities outside of office hours.