It’s official: Summer is here. How do we know? The days are long, the kids are out of school, and families are away on their long-awaited vacations. Though it is necessary to take breaks and enjoy the summer months in order to reduce stress and increase productivity (check out our post Time Out! Why Taking Time Out for Yourself is Important for more information), it is also crucial to stay motivated through these warmer days. At IBT, we know this can be tough. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the best ways to stay motivated and on track this summer:
Create your own quitting time.
There are many tasks that may make up your day, from work to school to taking care of your family. With kids to feed and laundry to do, it can sometimes feel like you are working around the clock. However, it is healthy (and necessary!) to carve out leisure time. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘Sunday is a family day,’ or ‘After 8pm, no more work.’ This will help you get the rest and relaxation you need to make it through the summer at the top of your game.
Stick to your vision board.
Write your vision down. Create a collage. Print out a single picture that represents what you are striving for and post it next to your bathroom mirror. Tell a loved one about your goals. These are just a few ways that can help make your vision more tangible. The next step, especially now that we are in the middle of the summer, is to return to your vision. Read it over again. Imagine where you are going and what your life will be like once you get there. Whatever you do, don’t lose sight of your goals.
Dress the part.
It can be tempting to dress more casually in the summer. Warmer weather and laid back summer vibes can make it tough to want to put on your work clothes. However, there is a direct correlation between how we dress and the way we work. That’s why it is a good idea to dress the part for your field of study in order to keep those motivation levels up and running.
Enjoy small summer pleasures.
It’s hot in the summer. And what is the best remedy when it’s hot? Ice cream! Or maybe a quick dip in the community pool! Don’t underestimate these small summer pleasures. We know it can be tough to balance the pleasures of summer when you’re also trying to stay on track. But the keyword here is “balance.” A little indulgence can go a long way when it comes to balancing work and pleasure.
Set reasonable goals and reward yourself.
Make a list of your goals and put them in order of importance to you. After you achieve one goal, reward yourself for your success. Maybe take a weekend trip to the coast or go on an adventure out into the countryside. Upon achieving another goal, reward yourself again. There is no reason you can’t blow off steam when public holidays or end-of-programs do come along. Oh, and did we mention ice cream?
Look at it this way: Summertime means longer days, and longer days give us more time to balance all the things we need to get done. And that includes enjoying ourselves! So, use the above recommendations to your advantage and conquer your career training program through the summer.