Many people experience a “lull” over the summer, where business naturally slow down a bit as clients, customers and staff take vacations or daydream about spending time outdoors.
That’s why summer is often a great time to work on important long-term projects for your business (work ON your business and not just IN it). Things like improving your marketing or website, setting up systems, building relationships, developing new products, etc.
Here are 5 practical tips to help you get more done this summer…
1) Take A Vacation
What!? How can taking a vacation help you get more done? Well, if you’ve been working hard for too long and haven’t taken sufficient time off, a good vacation could be the most important thing you need to recharge and be more productive for the rest of the summer.
Why? Because you are not a machine! Research studies show that performance and productivity increase with proper time off for recharging and renewing. Even if you can’t take one or two full weeks off this summer, a few long weekends here and there can help and make a real difference in your productivity.
Not only that, but Leaf Van Boven of the University of Colorado, has found that having experiences like vacations make us happier than buying material things. So to be happier and more productive, take a vacation this summer!
2) Focus, Focus, Focus
Pick your 3 most important projects and goals for the summer and focus most of your time, energy and effort on them. Focused time and energy are much more powerful than diffused or scattered time and energy.
3) Join a Mastermind group
Mastermind groups have been around for a long time, but they were popularized in the 1930’s by Napoleon Hill’s classic Think & Grow Rich.
A Mastermind is a group of people who come together to support each other and achieve a common goal or purpose. In my experience, they are one of the best and most effective ways to get things done and make tremendous progress on your top goals, projects & priorities.
4) Use an Effective Productivity System
A productivity system gives you a consistent way to keep track of everything that you need to do, prioritize so you focus on what’s most important and execute to get things done. If you don’t have a good system, developing one could be a great project for the rest of the summer.
5) Get a Coach
There’s a reason top sports professionals, executives and entrepreneurs use coaching… coaching works! There are lots of different types of coaches that can help you get the results you want.
Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, says that the best advice he ever got was “to have a coach.”
Bob Nardelli, former CEO, Home Depot said, “I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.”