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Facebook Live: 5 Strategies to Stay Focused and Enjoy Your Summer
Summer is here! Here in Eastern Canada, it hot! Record-breaking hot! We’ve just celebrated Canada Day and summertime activities are in full swing – pool parties, BBQ, family activities, fun trips, vacations and just relaxing in the shade.
I don’t know about you but I get summer brain when it is this hot and I find it hard to focus. How are we as entrepreneurs supposed to maintain productivity with heat and so much other stuff going on?
With a few changes, you can make summertime a productive time for your business and still enjoy all it has to offer.
1: Let Yourself Relax!
Give yourself permission to enjoy summer. We all need downtime to relax, recharge and enjoy our loved ones. Decide how you will relax, do you want to take a vacation for a week or two with your family, or do you prefer to plan for long weekends? I personally like to plan for long weekends throughout the summer months, making each one seem like a mini-vacation.
Plan to unplug, turn off your devices and enjoy. It is so important to fully disengage from your business and allow your mind to rest. Unplug, relax and enjoy. You’ll come back to your business with fresh eyes and renewed energy.
If the thought of unplugging is overwhelming try it for small periods at a time and work up to a day and then a weekend. You’ll be amazed at how being unplug will actually help your business.
3: Shift Your Schedule
Consider changing your work schedule to take advantage of the wonderful weather. Perhaps you want to get outside during the cooler hours in the morning and work later in the afternoon. Or you liked to work longer days for 4 days and create 3 day weekends. You have the freedom, as an entrepreneur, to shift your schedule so that you can enjoy the summer months and all the activities.
4: Focus on your Must Do List
We all have long to-do lists but do you have a must-do-list? Think about tasks as must-do to grow my business and serve my community and would be nice to do. These are the big tasks and projects that really matter, that you want to focus on. Be really critical as you create your list, you’ll be surprised how short your must-do-list can be.
5: Batch Your Work and Create Online and Offline Work Times
Take a good look at what you want to accomplish and batch your work together and schedule it. For example, batching social media post and scheduling then can be a real time saver. What other things can you batch to save time?
Take advantage of the weather and change up where you work. Consider batching your work between online work and offline work. This will allow you to be productive in a variety of locations. Offline activities can include brainstorm, planning, and creating new things. Online work often includes emails, social media and research.
Getting offline allows you to free up space to think differently about your business, to focus on the big picture and assess your day to day work.
With some extra planning for the summer, you can maintain or even increase productivity while enjoying the summer months! As a bonus, you might form new habits that help you with your business in any season.
How do you stay focused and enjoy your summer?