With Summer Fridays, the Hamptons, sunshine, and rooftop Happy Hours, it feels virtually impossible to get work done in the summer and not feel like you’re missing out. The work days go by slower and the weekends fly by. Then you find yourself making all kinds of excuses to get outside and wishing you went to school to be a teacher – summers off? Yes, please!
Luckily 24 Seven has found a way to not only make work possible, but even enjoyable in the summer months. You may even find yourself accomplishing more than you would in the winter months when you’re not tempted with warm weather. So, there is still hope to enjoy your summer and I’m going to tell you how.
The most effective way to get more done in less time is to time block. This is a technique that many start-up companies and entrepreneurs use to maintain self-discipline and a strong work ethic.
When you first get in the office in the morning, it’s important to block out 3-4 hours of your time and get done your most challenging work first. Around lunchtime is when you can check emails and play catch up, but the need-to-do list is top priority first thing.
But what if you’re not the best with time management? Amazon created an actual “Miracle Cube” that is essentially a timer, which helps with productivity. Relying on an outside source to track your time holds you accountable for your productivity and allows your adrenaline to kick in as you complete a task in an allotted time.
Keep in mind as you time block you may want to give your boss a heads up and set an automated email response so coworkers don’t think you’re ignoring them. Closing your office door or putting in your headphones is also a good indication that you’re “in the zone” and not to be disturbed.
Take a break… or 3
Most jobs allow a 30-minute to a one-hour lunch break yet workers neglect to utilize it. Why? Perhaps lunch hours are not used due to employees feeling guilty, having a heavy workload, or because no one else is doing it.
If you can afford a few minutes on Facebook and Instagram throughout the day, you can afford to go outside and enjoy the summer for your lunch break. If it’s a really nice day, split that hour into two 30-minute breaks or three 20-minute breaks.
Not only will you not feel like you’re missing out but when you come back to the office you’ll feel refreshed and ready to time block any new tasks.
Relocate your office outside
With new work studies emerging about standing desks, remote work, and flexible schedules, unconventional is now accepted as “the norm”. If you happen to work in this type of environment, you may be able to get away with taking your laptop outside to a cafe or park for an afternoon and continuing to be productive from there. That way you’re able to take advantage of the sunshine and summertime and you don’t feel like you’re missing out.
Even teachers are beginning to implement this technique in the spring and fall by taking students outside to conduct their lessons. A change of scenery and pace is often a good thing for people as it keeps us on our toes.
Take advantage of time off
In the summertime, you want to be able to get out of work and still have time to enjoy the weather. Some companies in the city have adopted “Summer Fridays” which is when they close the office early so people can beat the traffic and go away for the weekend or just to enjoy some extra fun in the sun time. If this is the case for you, make sure you’re all caught up at work so you’re not plagued with the stresses of work over the weekend.
Even if you don’t work for a company that offers Summer Fridays, you may still get extra time off in the summer for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. It might even be a good idea to get started on future projects or to finish projects ahead of their deadlines. Have all your ducks in a row prior to leaving and turn off notifications from work so you can take full advantage of your time off and not feel like you’re missing out.
How do you get work done in the summer? Tell us in the comments!
Written by: Brittany Johnston (24 Seven Marketing)