You may well experience a ‘down-time’ at work during the summer, when it seems like no-one is around and progress can be slow. But what’s important is how you use this time – look at slow days as an opportunity for you to slow down. Stop. Think in a more strategic way and re-evaluate your goals.
Here are some ideas to help you make the most of quiet times at work in the summer (or in any season), and ‘slow down’ time.
Plan: 5 minutes of planning saves 30 minutes of doing (Kyriazis, president of Productivity Partners Inc.) – there is no point having some down time and wasting it away with no useful ideas on how to spend it.
Focus Time: We are all guilty of constantly multi-tasking, juggling emails and running with all sorts of distractions – remember that this multi-tasking actually uses up way more brain energy than focussed thinking – give yourself a moment (or two) to actually stop and FOCUS!
Get organised: sort out that admin pile or that email inbox – deal with it or delegate it and you will feel good because you have organised yourself in a positive way. There are plenty of important but often non-urgent business tasks that need doing – updating your website, planning your marketing and social media, creating templates for repetitive admin tasks such as invoices or price lists, checking your insurance policies, filing tax returns.
Evaluate your goals: Revisit those New Year’s Resolutions, how are you doing? Check your progress and reassess what you need to do by the end of the year. Literally break this down into a plan for the next 4 months with monthly goals and actions, then weekly goals and actions. And try to evaluate how you currently use your time so you can ensure you are able to carve out the time required to enable you to stick to your plan.
Network: Invest time in building rapport with your team and colleagues and also in building relationships with potential clients and influencers in your industry. This takes time and effort and is about benefitting your organisation’s effectiveness and productivity in the long term.
Get some exercise: Take time out at lunchtime or before or after work to increase your exercise levels. You don’t have to suddenly hit the gym – even just going for a 20-minute walk each day or taking the stairs regularly instead of the lift or escalator are simple ways you can improve your fitness levels straight away.
Go on holiday: It may sound obvious but we are all humans and need to have time off work to relax, spend time with family and friends and just have a break! Make sure you plan some time off for yourself.
We would love to hear how you make the most of quiet times at work, do let us know your top tips!