Ah, it’s almost here. That time of year that calls to us to relax and slow down. Summer is fast approaching. It is easy to get into the summer slump with your business if you don’t take steps now to offset those lazy days of summer.
You may think that it isn’t important to plan business activities over the summer months, however, doing so allows for continued progress for your business, and the opportunity to jumpstart your fall activities. The ability to focus and avoid distractions is critically important to having a successful summer.
As an entrepreneur, you have the responsibility to your business to stay within your core strategy. These suggestions and tips may assist you in achieving your summertime business goals.
Plan your work
Make a plan for what you want to accomplish and manage how you want to accomplish each task. For instance, schedule the time each day that you handle email, return calls, and take meetings. Keep to the same schedule throughout the summer and you will find yourself maintaining a clearer focus.
Set your summer goals
Determine what you want to accomplish in the next few months, then list the tasks required to attain each goal. Crossing off tasks is a great way to keep the energy level up throughout the summer months.
You want to achieve many things over the summer, however, you have outside influences to consider too. Maybe you have children home for the summer, a wedding that you must attend. Relatives that will be visiting for an extended period of time. All of these situations can impact your productivity and sabotage achieving your goals. Identifying these issues ahead of time and creating strategies to overcome or lessen the effects of these obstacles will allow you to continue to work towards your summer goals.
Each time you hit a goal or accomplish a major task towards your goals, do something that you enjoy. If you have people that help you accomplish your goal, reward them too. Find some way to treat yourself.
Do some spring cleaning
Cluttered desk? Get it cleared for the summer ahead. You will feel better and more energized. Check your inbox and clear it out. Necessary email can be placed in folders. Delete the non-essential items.
Take time off
It’s summer, take time to enjoy it! Plan on taking time off or working more flexible hours. You will find yourself more refreshed and able to tackle your business head on.
Planning ahead for the summer may make your business run smoother, allow you to recharge your energy levels and still make it possible to keep your business running well. Strategize your summer schedule and you will kick off the 3rd quarter with renewed energy and a positive outlook.