Summer is upon us and over the next few months, school will be out, people will be leaving for vacation, and you’ll be wanting to be anywhere but your desk. These summer distractions may curb your productivity but if you manage your time properly, communicate well, and shift your priorities as needed, you can get everything done!
First thing’s first, open communication is important when it comes to taking time off. Take the time to schedule your summer events and activities so you can plan your work around them. Check in advance what dates suit your office to allow you to leave so you’re not stressed while away from the office. Even if you will be changing your schedule by a couple of hours, look into optimizing your time. If you plan to leave work a few hours early one day, then stay later the day before. If you want to take a longer lunch to met a friend who is in town—arrive earlier to work that morning.
Next, shift your priorities as needed. If you can’t find the time to squeeze in an approval on a certain project, then move onto those that require in-depth thinking. Capitalize on having fewer distractions by focusing on projects that require strategic thought and planning.
While the summer months bring opportunities to rest, you may have a project or two that might require you to adjust your plans to meet a deadline. But, you can look into asking for assistance from a colleague or schedule your time wisely to ensure that you meet the demands of your job while taking time for yourself. Technology has allowed people to work remotely. DDC, for example, has revolutionized the construction industry by optimizing technology with the best team from all over the world!
Moreover, the office might be particularly empty and quiet if most of your colleagues are on vacation, but you can use this time to get a head start on planning. If you find yourself not being productive because things around the office are slow, use the time to get a head start on upcoming projects. Or, simply take this time to figure out your goals for the upcoming months. Keeping a notepad by your side at all times allows you to write down some ideas and goals that come to mind!
And whatever you decide to do this summer, remember that summer is not a ticket for slacking off!