You probably don’t need a survey to know the effects that summer has on motivation for employees, founders, entrepreneurs, etc. Not only are we more likely to feign an illness to get a sick day, but we are also less motivated. Managers should be proactive about combating the effects that summer can have on productivity and motivation by incorporating a few tactics that can curb these summer side effects. 1313 Innovation and its wonderful members listed a few tips on how to slay your summer and stay motivated.
1.Make the most out of your lunch break
Only 1/5 workers actually take a lunch break. Depriving yourself of a lunch break is not conducive to productivity. According to an article from NPR,”studies have also found that the longer you stay at work, the more important it is to get outside of the office, even if it’s just for a few minutes, because creativity can take a hit when you don’t change environments.” You do not necessarily need to eat on your lunch break, you just need to change up your environment. This boosts creative thinking and innovation.
- Acknowledge when an employee or coworker does something well. Feeling appreciated is a strong motivational force and can help counteract the de-motivational effects of summertime. In addition to this, do not be afraid to reward yourself for a job well done. Stewart Belsham with Symbiosis says, “If you have half a day’s work, work half the day, don’t half work the whole day.” Reward yourself with a half day if you have worked hard and do not force yourself to sit in an office all day if you do not need to. Don’t be afraid to #treatyoself!
3.Have meetings outside
Get out of the stuffy conference room for a bit and host an outside meeting. Sunlight has a plethora of psychological benefits and helps to promote a good mood. Ellen Pritchard with The Fun Dept. states, “I try to take lunch outside or do a mid-afternoon walk around the building. It’s something to look forward to when I know the weather is nice outside and I’m stuck inside.”
4.Summer dress code
As temperatures rise, the desire to put on a blazer and dress pants dwindles. Have casual Fridays or theme days that celebrate the summer months.
Wake up an extra hour early and get outside for a brisk jog or walk. Although the gym is a good place to exercise, nothing beats a little sunlight. Motivate yourself by rewarding yourself with an iced coffee from Starbucks with coffee ice cubes! Start listening to a podcast that interests you and only allow yourself to listen to it on your morning stroll. Find something you like and only allow yourself to have it if you wake up early enough! Having something to look forward to and reward yourself with will make it a little easier to get out of bed.
6.Have team outings & fun get togethers after work
Rose Breyla with Carvertise recommends team outings and getting together after work. This facilitates healthy relationships amongst your coworkers. Work is far more enjoyable when you enjoy being around the people you work with. Engage in activities that facilitate team cohesion! Riley Shaw with Geoswap enjoys badminton and beers after work with his team!
7.Allow yourself to be inspired by summer time distractions
- Let yourself get distracted once in a while! According to Nick Matarese with The Barn Creative, “Obviously being in the creative realm we are a little different here, but sometimes you need to embrace it a bit. Most people are trying to ignore it so not to get distracted, but sometimes the best way out is deeper in.” He goes on to say, “if I take a long lunch I make sure to walk around and pay attention to people – observe habits, how people interact, and fashion trends… those observations can lead to creative inspiration… which is exciting and creates motivation to work. ” As an example, Nick mentions that sitting at a fire pit one summer led to great promotional shoot ideas for Dew Point Brewery.Some organizations at 1313 find inspiration and motivation during the summer months. The individuals with the Summer Collaborative find inspiration from all of the wonderful children, community leaders, teachers, and volunteers they meet along the way. Catherine Lindroth states, “At SummerCollab, we are on the go in the summer time with over 100 contractors out in community centers who serve low income youth across the state. They could be at the beach, but they are working alongside of community leaders to elevate what is possible for kids. Seeing the promise of summer for low income kids – and what this could mean for our education system and city – in action keeps me going every day.” When you believe in what you do, sometimes the motivation is right in front of you.
- A common theme to staying motivated in the summer is not to deny yourself from enjoying all of the perks of summertime. Find ways to get outside or to enjoy what makes summer so exciting (and distracting). Incorporate summer time distractions into your work routine and channel them into motivation. This will make it easier to get work done AND enjoy the summer while at the office. Brandon Mahoney from Carvertise says, “I think it’s important to take some time each day to rejuvenate. Whether that’s stepping outside to take a short walk or reading a book. The weekends are also an opportune time to take a ‘little’ vacation, with beach trips and BBQs that also work to give you something to look forward to during the week. At the end of the day, there are over 7.5 billion people on this planet. Someone needs to be working and unfortunately, that someone is you.” Although it is a little harder to work in the summer months, it is important to remember that you need to get the job done. Fortunately, there are plenty of tricks to motivate yourself and they all utilize the perks that come with summertime!