It’s OK to have a little procrastination in the summer. After all, we are busy enjoying ourselves. Spending time taking vacations and enjoying the outdoors. It should be a fun time. However, since the vast majority of people are slowing down, making your summer be more productive can be a good thing.
Here are 8 ways to help you combat procrastination in the summer for your small business.
Leave white space on your calendar.
Schedule enough time between appointments. Adding time between appointments will give you time between activities for quick unscheduled tasks that need to be done.
Make your digital calendar’s recurring option your new best friend.
Go through your calendar and add tasks that you do on a weekly or monthly basis to your calendar.
Start early in the morning.
Finish early in the afternoon. The sun rises early over the summer so why not take advantage of it. Do exercise while deciding what needs to be done that day.
Keep distractions to a minimum.
Distractions can really hinder your productivity throughout the day. Try turning OFF your phone and closing your email manager on your computer while working on the various tasks in the morning.
Look for virtual assistants to help you get things done. Creating a list of easy to do tasks they can help you with will make the process of handing off easier. Think of the tasks that you do on a daily or weekly basis. These tasks should be the easy no brainer tasks. You know, the ones you do automatically. Some examples of tasks are adding posts to your social media pages, reviewing website content for legibility, researching content for post topics, updating checkbook transactions, etc… Since they are easier for you to explain, you will be able to manage them and be able to explain what your expectations are.
Minimize your stress to help combat procrastination.
Play music while working on the creative project. Making the creative process more enjoyable will help you reduce stress.
Prep your larger projects for the week, the Friday before.
Split out the different steps assigning only one or two each day. By the end of the week, you will have finished the project with little frustration.
Schedule time to daydream.
Doing things day in and day out is called busy work. By taking the time to daydream each week and writing down what you want your business to be in the future will help you see the direction it needs to go in and what the next steps are.
I hope this helps you stay motivated this summer and it helps your business get back on track. Let’s continue the conversation. I would love to hear from you. What tips do you have to help you procrastinate less this summer? Please leave a comment below.
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