As the temperature rises and the sun shines brighter, it can be hard to maintain focus and productivity in the workplace during the summer months. With visions of beaches, vacations, and outdoor activities dancing in our minds, staying on task can feel like an uphill battle. Add in the fact that you may have littles at home begging for your time, summer can seem challenging. Implementing some effective strategies, you can navigate the distractions and remain focused, accomplishing your goals while still enjoying the summer season.
Set clear goals and timelines for yourself
To maintain focus during the summer, it’s crucial to set clear goals and establish priorities. Start by outlining what you need to accomplish each day or week and create a to-do list. Break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Plan your priorities at work to be completed in time to enjoy that day at the beach. It all comes down to time management to complete what is important, but still have time to enjoy. Practice time blocking or implement a method like the pomodoro technique.
To maintain focus, it’s important to minimize distractions as much as possible. Start by organizing your workspace—clear clutter, create a clean and organized environment, and remove any unnecessary objects that could divert your attention (i.e. that cell phone may need a break as well). Additionally, consider using productivity tools such as website blockers or noise-canceling headphones to limit interruptions from social media, email notifications, or excessive noise from others in your environment. Try some relaxing sounds or music, such as lo-fi beats, proven to help with focus and studying.
DO take advantage of natural light, and fresh air
Capitalize on this amazing sunshine by positioning your workspace near a window or taking regular breaks outside. If you have the ability and location, you could even plan work sessions outside. Natural light and fresh air have been shown to improve mood, energy levels, and overall well-being, which can positively impact your focus and productivity. Step outside during breaks, go for a short walk, or find a comfortable outdoor area to work, if possible. Even 10 minutes in natural light has been shown to improve overall wellbeing.
Stay Hydrated and Healthy
The summer heat can quickly drain your energy and affect your ability to concentrate. Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining focus and productivity. Keep a water bottle at your desk and make a conscious effort to take breaks and drink water throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces. Additionally, fuel your body with foods and snacks to sustain energy levels. Avoid heavy, high-sugar meals that can cause energy crashes. Choose light, summer style foods and incorporate fruits, vegetables, and protein-rich foods into your diet. Tend to eat watermelon as a summer treat? Indulge in some seasonal favorites.
When you reach a goal, reward yourself. This will help you stay motivated and on track. Those summer plans you want to pursue? Plan accordingly so that each time you complete a task or deadline, you are one step closer to enjoying a summer activity.