It’s August, and we’re officially in the “dog days of summer.” But even though the temperatures are rising, it doesn’t necessarily mean our productivity levels are, too.
Experts call this the summer slump, and if you’re going through this, you’re not alone. So, what can you do to combat this feeling of “meh”? We’re here to help you out with some pointers:
Change Up Your Daily Routine
This one is a tough one, given that we're in the middle of a pandemic. But, there are still ways to switch up your environment and lessen the monotony. Take your Zoom calls outside or join in on your early meeting calls while taking a walk. Sometimes changing your surroundings can give you that “refresh” you’re looking for.
Take a Splurge Day
Take the day off – and resist looking at those emails – to unplug. Maybe it’s sleeping in a few extra hours or laying out by the pool. Whatever it is, do what your body needs to recharge. By taking a mental break from work (and from what's going on in the world), you’ll come back feeling rejuvenated and re-energized.
Use Your Time Wisely
If work is slow, dedicate that extra time to improve other work-related skills. Get caught up on news relevant to your job/industry or take a writing or foreign language class. Right now is also a great time to strengthen relationships with other team members who also may be feeling the summer slump at work, as well as the monotony of the pandemic.
Reconnect with Team Members
We are in an uncertain time right now, with morale being low and stress being high. You may be feeling isolated, burned out and craving human interaction and connection. That's why virtual team-building is more important now more than ever. Such an event will give you something to look forward to, as well as provide the opportunity to bond and have fun with other team members.
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