Summer is on the horizon! For some business owners, summer can symbolize renewed energy and a chance to decompress. Professionals looking to alleviate stress by sharpening their organizational skills can make the most of the summer months by adding structure to their busy lives. Balancing a full workload during the lingering pandemic has proven challenging for some. Summer can be a fantastic way to calm down and relax with new strategies for putting things in order. Here are five organizational tips for the summer that you need to know in order to maximize your relaxation while remaining a productive professional.
Tip 1: Always take a lunch break. This is something that has helped me tremendously. No matter how busy you are or how jam packed your day is, be sure to take some time for yourself to eat and recharge. While this may seem like a simple suggestion, it’s one that is often overlooked. Taking a lunch break is a wonderful opportunity to reset for the second part of your day. It may also help professionals to not feel as overwhelmed. Breaks can be used to give your brain rest. According to the Harvard Business Review, a recent survey found that North American employees who take a lunch break every day reported higher engagement based on metrics including job satisfaction, productivity, and likelihood to recommend working there to others.
Tip 2: Be deliberate in what takes priority. Everything is not important. Know the difference between what needs to get done and what would be nice to get done. As cliche as it may sound, I stay organized by keeping things old-school with a list. It helps me make deliberate choices regarding what my priorities are for the day. According to WeWork, having a list that contains all tasks in one can be advantageous. Another good idea is to block out time to get the work done. Utilize an organizational planner and stay on track. It also doesn’t hurt to have an accountability partner to keep you encouraged.
Tip 3: Adding reminders to your calendar. It can be tempting to want to step outside to catch some of those summer rays, but before doing so, make sure you’ve accomplished your tasks by setting up reminders. If you’re someone that doesn’t like being bogged down with to-do lists and planners, setting up reminders on the calendar on your phone or laptop can be a step in the right direction. This can be especially helpful for deadlines and meeting high priority tasks. Additionally, offloading some of your obligations to a device can free up mental space. However, don’t go overboard – you don’t want to receive reminders every 30 minutes. Use reminders accordingly.
Tip 4: Take Fridays to reflect on what you’ve done during the week. Remember that you’re not a machine. Remind yourself that it’s okay if you haven’t gotten some things done during the work week and simply save those items for Monday. Remind yourself that your productivity is not tied to your worth. Just because you didn’t get everything done doesn’t mean you didn’t get things done. Celebrate the small wins. Use Fridays as a way to turn down for the weekend and plan your work next week so you don’t have to worry about anything over the weekend. It’s summer after all; you should be on the beach!
Tip 5: Do what feels best for you. Everyone has a different working style. Different tips work for different people. Determine what works for you by testing out different strategies and tactics, and then after discovering it, utilize it in staying organized to get things done. It has been said that summer means happy times and sunshine. Make the most of this warm season by getting organized and staying on track for success.
Lauren Minter is a project management leader with more than 10 years of experience in marketing strategy, leadership, brand management and communications. Her past experience brings together an understanding of integrated communications and a passion for creating nimble teams. She works directly with clients to facilitate a range of projects from content to creative. During her career she has worked with clients in the financial services, entertainment, retail, public relations, commercial real estate and senior living industries. She joined the team at Bernadette Davis Communications in 2020.