It is the middle of summer here in Australia; hard to believe when you see New York City under 12 inches of snow.
But with the heat and humidity of summer comes the lethargic feelings and thoughts of lazing on the beach or out enjoying an el fresco lunch with friends – rather than putting in a productive day at work.
So…what to do?
To survive these beautiful days cooped up inside, try to do the following things every day:
- As the shine comes up earlier, get to your desk earlier. Try to get as much work done as possible before other people start working. Most people have more energy earlier in the day than later, so while the phone isn’t ringing and no one is sending you emails you can get more done. And it will keep you from feeling guilty when you zone out around 3:00 in the afternoon.
- Do a lot of positive self-talking. Get your stuff done so you can go out and do something outside. The longer you procrastinate about your work the less time you’ll have for whatever else it is you want to do.
- Have a plan for what needs to be done that day and schedule hard to do, thought-intensive items for early in the day and more mindless stuff for the afternoon.
- Avoid heavy lunches; if the meal is hard to digest, it can put you to sleep in the afternoon but lighter lunches don’t seem to have such a drastic effect (apart from the 2pm energy lull!)
For more on the topic, go to: http://unclutterer.com/2010/07/15/fighting-the-summer-productivity-blahs/