The dog days of summer are here. With the kids at home and the sunny days, the hot weather, the pool parties, baseball games, BBQs, and vacations staying focused and getting any work done can be challenging – at best.
But don’t worry – you CAN enjoy summer and still maintain a healthy prosperous business, here’s how:
- Set realistic goals- Sometimes you just have to accept that your productivity isn’t going to be at its peak – and having kids home for summer vacation is one of those times! Instead of fighting it and feeling like a failure for not getting it all done, set realistic goals for your work and your business during these hectic summer months. Sure, there are some things that HAVE to get done, but it’s ok to move some of those other non-priority tasks to September when the kids are back in school, the parties are over and you can go back to being our old productive self again.
- Get an accountability partner- Partner with another entrepreneur dad or work from home mom and hold each other accountable. Maybe you can schedule play/work dates – the kids play and you get some work done together, or alternate watching each other’s kids to give you each some quiet time to get work done. Whatever you do, share your goals and to-do lists with one another and hold each other accountable to get them done!
- Work away from the home office- Trying to work when you can hear or see everyone around you having fun is torture. You will be much more productive if you go where people are working. Coworking spaces are the perfect choice for shared office space and interacting with actual adult business owners and entrepreneurs who are in your exact same situation! We know from experience – you will get more done in a few hours in a coworking space than you get done all day in a hectic home office.
- Shorten your work week – If you ever thought about implementing the 4 hour work week or even the 4 day work week, now is the time. Holding yourself to the typical work week during the summer might actually be counterproductive. Have you ever noticed that the less time you have to get things done the more productive you are? Instead of holding yourself to a rigorous work schedule, enjoy the relaxed mood of summer and give yourself permission to work fewer hours. You might be surprised at how much you actually get done!
What are some of your strategies for beating the summer entrepreneurial slump?