Can you believe it? We are finally getting to enjoy the warm weather and lovely long days that signify the spring and summer seasons. It’s been a long time coming, and because we wait so long for summer to arrive it is no wonder we want to enjoy every single second of it.
It certainly can be difficult to concentrate and focus on work when the sun is shining and a day outside seems much preferable to being in the office. But work we must and even though the summer days beckon we have to stay on task and do what we must do.
Here are some suggestions that can help when summer is conspiring to pull your attention away from work:
Make it a point to go outside at lunchtime
The summer is a perfect time to get outside during your lunch break. Whether you order your food or bring lunch from home you should make it a point to dine al fresco so that you can enjoy being outdoors. If time allows, try to incorporate a short walk into your lunchtime routine whereby you’ll also get the benefit of some mid-day exercise.
Get to the office earlier in the day
By starting work earlier in the day you will have a better chance of getting home while there is enough time to barbeque, relax or work in your yard, take a walk or simply sit outside. We spend enough time inside during the colder months; it’s wise to take advantage and be outside when you can.
Prioritize your tasks
Not everything has to be done immediately. During the summer months, you might wish to hold off on those tasks that are not time sensitive, and can easily be done at some later time, and focus instead on what you must do immediately, potentially opening up some additional spare time to enjoy the season.
Change up your routine
Many people fall into a routine and the summer months may offer a good opportunity to change things up a bit. The longer days and warmer temperatures offer many choices for exercise and socializing and if the physical environment allows, you may be able to take some of your work outside and enjoy the fresh air at the same time.
Clearly, the very best thing you can do is to schedule some vacation time so that you can REALLY enjoy the summer. Even if time off is not feasible, if you follow some of the suggestions found here, you should be able to get the best of summer.