Ah, summer: a time for barbecues, beach getaways, and lying in the sun.
While summer can be fun, the season is notoriously not good for business--or careers. Unless you work in a seasonal industry that caters to summertime, you're probably feeling a loss of productivity, creativity, and business income this time of year. Whether you chalk it up to the heat or seasonal distractions, we can't ignore that over 25% of employees feel less productive during the summer, and businesses definitely feel it in their bottom line.
Here are 20 Ways to Get Out of a Summer Slump:
- Get clear on your career vision and zone of genius.
- Build a habit of managing your performance each week, so that you can really pinpoint what you need for peak performance at work.
- Assess your finances--both business and personal--to see where you can better align your money habits with your goals.
- Leverage your daydreaming tendencies for good: daydream about your dream job and how you can finally make it happen.
- Practice your interviewing skills. Whether you are looking to hire a superstar candidate or be a superstar candidate, make sure you have your interview etiquette down.
- Watch inspiring videos, like these TED Talks or inspirational graduation speeches.
- Try meeting a new employee for lunch everyday.
- Develop your leadership skills.
- Assess your company culture and see how that might affect a summer slump.
- Go to an industry conference. You'll leave filled with new ideas and new contacts to jumpstart your business again.
- Still feeling too distracted? Go for it and take a vacation. It will help you learn more about your work.
- Take stock of where you are in your career. Are you on the brink of a real career breakthrough?
- Set summer goals for your career, life, and business. Strategically track these goals to make sure you achieve them!
- Think about a new habit or skill you want to develop. Now's the time to go for it.
- Focus on your body: get moving, meditate, and expand the mind.
- Talk to your boss about trying out a new role in your workplace. A lateral career move can help you develop new skills, gain a clear perspective of what goes on in the business, and figure out your zone of genius.
- Foster a stronger sense of curiosity.
- Consider how you can better be a leader of the future.
- Reconnect with the mentors in your life.
- Answer these 100 questions to change your career path.