We all know this time of year: It’s summer, hot, and sunny outside. On the one hand, all you want to do is lay down on the beach or crank up the AC and have a nap. On the other, you know very well that you have work to do and that work will not be doing itself. It is a fact that when temperatures rise, it is harder to maintain focus and motivation.
Add on top of it the fact that, most people currently work from home, which makes it even harder to stay productive. It is significantly harder to focus on your tasks and not stay distracted when you’re working from home as opposed to working from an office. So, if you want to beat the summer slump, we’ve got some tips for you.
Have a clear plan for your day
If you start your day with a clear plan as to what you need to get done, or even what you need to finish before taking a break, you will find it easier to be productive. When it’s hot out and it seems tempting to step outside and get distracted, having a list ready can help your brain feel more focused on the tasks at hand, and what needs to get done before you can mentally log off.
This is kind of a given when it comes to general health, but there is also a correlation between being hydrated and focusing on work. The more hydrated you are, the better you are at completing tasks. In addition to drinking plenty of water and fluids, make sure to close the curtains if you have a really bright space, as this will help you keep your environment cool, which will be useful when you’re getting through that to-do list.
Mornings and evenings are key
It is called a midday slump for a reason. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make use of your mornings and evenings to get whatever fun you’re not having out of the way and use the midday for work while feeling energized. If your schedule allows it, try to go for a run or a swim, or any form of exercise really, which will make you feel good about spending time outdoors and better about staying indoors to get work done during the day.
Take several breaks
You should absolutely be taking plenty of breaks throughout your work day. Contrary to popular belief, breaks are actually more productive than they are a waste of time. If you strategically take breaks throughout your day, you may actually be more productive when it’s time to work.
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