We are well into the summer holidays and it may feel like this time is going far to quickly. Some people find it more difficult to concentrate in the summer months because they would much rather be outside doing something else, this can be very normal! Whether you are working or at home looking for a new job, here are some things you can do to make the most of summer and still be productive at work!
Try and get outside
Some of you may be lucky enough to get to spend some time outdoors, due to the nature of your job, but if not, being stuck inside all day can halt your motivation. It can be good for you to take some time away from your work space and get outside, it can have a great effect on your productivity during the working day. You may want to take a 10-minute break and spend it having a walk outside the work building or you could try having your lunch outside, these small changes can give you the chance to enjoy the good weather a bit more often and stop you feeling like you’re missing out on the summer days.
Switch up your lunch time routine
Doing something different every day on your lunch break can leave you feeling a little more revitalised. Why not bring in a book at lunch and read it outside. Or try going on a walk or run during your lunch break – anything to get you away from your work space and outside getting some fresh air. Spending your lunch breaks away from your work space can feel like the day is broken up a little more and it gives you a bit of time to revitalise. This time may leave you more motivated to work, and the better you work in the afternoon, the quicker your day may seem.
Try out walking meetings
Sometimes there is no need for a meeting to be set in a conference room. Depending on the amount of people attending the meeting and whether you need technology or not, it can be a good idea to switch things up a bit. You can take some time away and have the meeting outside or go for a walking meeting. As long as it has the desired effect, then why not? It might mix up your day a little.
Change the way you commute (If you can)
This one may not be an option for everyone, if you live too far away or you have other responsibilities, it may be easier and quicker for you to keep commuting the way you do. However, if you have the option, why not try a nice walk or cycle in the morning? Not only is it good for your health, but you get to enjoy the weather before and after work. Might be worth testing. Switching up your routine may continue to help your productivity at work.
Manage your time well
Some of you may have the option of flexible working, if so, it may be time to start utilising that opportunity, if you haven’t already, and use it to make the most of those summer days. If possible, you may want to start, and finish work an hour earlier, giving you a little extra time in the evenings. Flexible working allows you a better chance of planning your outside life around your working life. Flexible working can have great benefits for people that use it to their advantage.
You may also want to try waking up an hour or so earlier in the morning. Rather than spending the morning time rushing around and trying to get things done, make it a calmer time and even spend it doing something you love. Try reading outside or exercising in the morning instead of later in the day. You may find yourself having a little more energy throughout the day. Make sure you are making the most out of all your days and really enjoying the summer months.
Whether you are planning a holiday or just an evening with friends, having something to look forward too can make you more motivated to get your work done. Working in an office or inside work space, does not mean that you are going to miss out on summer. Take your annual leave in these months (if you can) and go and explore somewhere new. A summer holiday is likely to leave your revitalised and ready to work when you come back.
Planning your week days well will leave you feeling much better about working during summer as well. Planning ahead of time and making sure that you have plans for after work hours can really help you feel like you are making the most of it. Try and get out as much as possible and try to enjoy your time away from work and your time at work. Working during summer doesn’t have to be a drag, but it is what you make it.