The season we've been waiting for has finally arrived. Sunshine, warm weather, extended happy hours and barbecues. But most importantly,
Depending on your employer, a Summer Friday could mean early dismissal or not coming into the office at all. But what does a shorter work week mean for your productivity?
It's no surprise that when summer comes around, our productivity in the workplace completely plummets. According to a 2012 study by Captivate Network, "workplace productivity drops 20 percent during the summer months." Add that on to all of your regular meetings, client events and 2-hour-long lunches with co-workers, you're bound to not get single thing accomplished.
But, it doesn't have to be that way. Summertime may be our favorite past time, but we still can work hard to get things done and make time to have some fun in the sun.
If you're a part of the lucky crowd who gets to peace-out early and enjoy your Summer Friday, here are three ways to make the most of your 4-day work week:
1. Block off your work time.
The only way that you'll be the most effective when your time is limited is if you treat it as such. Using your Google Calendar (or Outlook) to block off time to get work done. Not only will help you focus, but it will let your co-workers know that you aren't playing games. You can even color-code you calendar with different colors, set reminders and deadlines. Go crazy!
2. Make your list, and check it twice.
I live by my to-do list, and I don't consider something complete unless I check it off. In the beginning of the week when most staff check-ins and meeting are help, make an attempt to only bring a pen and a notebook so that you are able to pay full attention when tasks are delegate. That way, you'll be ahead of the game come Thursday and not scrambling to finish thing before the weekend comes.
3. Tell your inbox to "cut it."
Look, I get it - sending and receiving email is important. But majority of the time we waste is spent in our inboxes. Those five minutes spent drafting an email to your boss could have been cut in half by picking up the phone and talking to them about that thing that you needed. Email is a connectivity tool, but we have got to learn to use it so that we are working smarter, not harder.
What are some of your go-to tactics for being your most productive self in the summer months? Leave a comment below or tweet us at @CSuiteCoach.