You know when you gaze dreamily out of the office window at sunshine and happy people frolicking outside and think how nice would it be to be out there with them? I’ve been there. In fact, I’m there right now. How do you turn that summer lethargy into office productivity and avoid scrambling come fall?
We have some ideas to stay productive without skipping a beat this summer!
Change up your schedule
Just by switching up your hours can give you a whole new boost of energy. When those long summer days come into play, optimize your schedule to take advantage of the light by coming in earlier. Or maybe you have more activities after work and need a little extra snooze time. Whatever it is, even small changes in your schedule can re-boost and re energize you for the summer.
Take vacation or extend those weekends
Try taking a long vacation this summer and going somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit. Or if funds are tight, extend some of your weekends and hitch a ride down to the beach to enjoy those summer rays. Giving your body the time off it needs will make you more productive throughout the rest of the warm summer months.
Whenever you can get outside to enjoy the nice weather, do it. Light is shown to increase endorphins. That’s right, folks. Light makes you happy. This means that whenever you can eat lunch outside or take a quick spin around the block,the sun and fresh air will reenergize you with happiness!
Set a summer goal
Setting SMART goals is a great way to stay productive. Give yourself something at work to accomplish before summer ends by following the SMART goal framework and making sure it’s a reasonable goal to accomplish. Consider setting both a personal and work goal to keep yourself motivated outside of the office as well.
Propose an incentive program
Talk to your manager about instituting an incentive program. This way you have built in motivation for meeting your goals! For example, maybe you have a summer fundraising initiative happening and those who bring in the most donors get a bonus. If your nonprofit doesn’t have the funds for that then offer an additional vacation day. Get creative to stay motivated!
Plan happy hours or other staff events
Talk to your coworkers about organizing a weekly or bi weekly happy hour over the summer. You’ll all have something to look forward to throughout the day and be motivated to buckle down and get your stuff done to attend.
In addition, a summer picnic or staff event that takes place during the work day is a great summer refresher. That way staff can relax and recharge for the summer, but also be sure that the planning of these events is equally dispersed amongst the staff!
Nonprofits are favorites for receiving free concert and sport tickets from local businesses! Call around to see if there are any events that are willing to throw your nonprofit some free tickets to thank you for all the work you do for the community. Create a fair system for dispersing them so that everyone can attend the events that interest them.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! But actually, go out for an ice cream cone during the work day. You will get outside for some vitamin D and the sugar rush will get you ready to take on the rest of the day.
While we all miss the days of summer vacation, there are ways to bring the vaca back to your office. And taking some time for a little R & R is essential because winter (a.k.a. fundraising season) is coming.
Happy summer, everyone! We’re here all year so reach out to us if you have any comments or questions!