5 Tips to Beat The Summer Slump –

Back to school season is just around the corner, and if you have a return to business school in your imminent future, you may be tempted to bury your head in the sand and pretend it’s just not happening. But if you’ve got important things to do, like summer school, maintaining a job, internship, or working on your own business, the summer slump can really take a toll on productivity.

image from flickr user visualpanic
(Image provided by Flickr user visualpanic)

With the heat turned up and distractions constant, it’s much more tempting to lounge poolside than it is to get some serious work done. But it is possible to be productive with what you’ve got left of this summer. Whether you’re launching a business or working on your future career, try out these tactics for staying focused and heading into the new semester ready to take on any challenge.

  • Embrace (a few) distractions. It’s summer, and incredibly hard to keep your nose to the grindstone. While your friends may get to run around in short shorts, you’re stuck working time and time again. Give yourself a break. Even if you can’t take a vacation, embrace a limited amount of summer distraction to keep things positive. Spend a little time daydreaming, leave the office early once a week, even take your lunch outside to enjoy the nicer weather. And if you have vacation time available, by all means take advantage of it.
  • Ask about telecommuting. If you’re not able to telecommute just yet, make your summer slump a good reason to finally ask your boss about it. Switching things up with a new routine can help you get more done, and offer a bit of relaxation from day in, day out monotony. Find out if you can work from home a few days a week, and you just might be able to skip hot rush hours completely.
  • Turn your office into a summer oasis. If you can’t escape the office, you can always do things to improve your mood in the office. Create a summer-themed playlist to listen to at your desk, eat fresh, tropical fruit, and even decorate your desk with a few summery items like fresh flowers or souvenirs from summer vacations gone by.
  • Turn your AC down. It’s not easy working in a sweatshop. Research from the Helsinki University of Technology indicates that working temperature can have a major impact on productivity. Starting at 73 degrees, productivity drops and errors increase. At 100 degrees (sweatshop conditions), productivity slams to a halt. Don’t keep it too cold, though: temperatures below 68 degrees can lead to higher error rates and even an increased likelihood of respiratory infections. The ideal temperature for work spaces is between 70 and 72 degrees.
  • Spend time with other people. In grade school and early college days, summer is often a time to socialize, but as we get older, summer freedom tends to wane and commitments win out over fun time. This summer, make a commitment to spending more time with friends and family. It will have you refreshed and ready to take on the looming new school year.

How do you plan to beat the summer slump?