Summer is here, and for many that means hitting an outright slump at work. Who wants to work when the sun’s out and you could be kicking back at the beach with a book? Nonetheless, this is a good time to perfect your motivational strategies and get things done. Here, we’ve narrowed it down to a few ways you can accomplish more than you thought possible this summer, with some help from Jeunesse.
Rewarding yourself with little treats is probably the easiest way to stay motivated. How you treat yourself is up to you. Maybe you’ll purchase that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing, or simply indulge with a face mask after a long day. It’s all up to you.
Throughout the workday, keep a sticky note nearby that says something like “Remember: Clear your inbox and you get a home spa day!” (I would recommend the pampering Luminesce HydraShield Mask as the perfect reward.) The visual reminder will inspire you, and push you to work harder throughout the day.
Wear Your Motivation
If you’re the kind of person who keeps a paper planner, you’ll love getting to wear your motivation all day long. A shirt with a simple, empowering quote, for example, reminds you to stay positive throughout the day.
A super comfy Jeunesse T-shirt is perfect for casual Fridays at the office, and with the words “Results are a Beautiful Thing” written on it, you’ll be motivated to make it to those kinds of results yourself. Pair the shirt with jeans, maybe pull on a blazer with it for a sleek look. Every time you pass a mirror, you’ll see a reason to smile while being reminded that tackling that to-do list is so worth it.
Fuel Up Properly
If you’ve been eating the same lunch for months, or skipping a midday break all together, it’s definitely time to switch up your routine. You shouldn’t spend your lunch hour in front of a computer screen. Take a walk instead; eat your lunch outside and read a book; take yourself on a date to your favorite restaurant. Taking time for yourself in the middle of the workday gives you renewed energy to stave off the afternoon slump.
It’s important to change up your lunch and surprise yourself with feel-good ingredients on a daily basis. Head to the grocery store and fill up your Jeunesse Grocery Tote with fresh fruits and veggies to give your lunch hour a bigger boost.
Set Daily Goals
A full day of work can be stressful, but you can help yourself by jotting down a to-do list the previous night. That way, you’ll start the day feeling organized, in control and ready to conquer anything.
In the morning, choose your top three priorities. Instead of making yourself a wreck while focusing on finishing an entire to-do list, concentrate on an important few. If you cross off those three and have time to spare, pick three more. Just remind yourself that as long as you complete those top three tasks, you’ve had a successful day.
Staying hydrated is as important as fueling yourself with healthy foods, especially during hot summer days. Keeping water at your desk is essential, and it can help keep your energy up. The Jeunesse Prism Tumbler is your perfect sidekick at your desk. It’s practical, and stylish too – ideal for your morning iced coffee. With a refillable bottle, you’re likely to get in the habit of staying hydrated, no matter how busy you are.
Take Frequent Breaks
Most people find it difficult to work efficiently while sitting for hours at a time. It’s important to take breaks, especially if you work in front of a computer all day. Take a small break after finishing each task, and don’t just use that time to scroll through social media posts. Instead, take a walk around the office, or read a few pages of a new book. Do something that has nothing to do with work for five or 10 minutes, then dive back in, feeling refreshed and focused.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
Some days will be harder than others, and that’s OK. Beating yourself up for wasting an hour on Facebook when you should have been writing a client report won’t do you any good. Take a moment to acknowledge that you could have used your time more wisely, then move. Decide how to more efficiently use your next hour. If you find that you’re having a lot of trouble focusing, take some time to truly focus on re-centering yourself.
Remember that quality is usually more important than quantity. Take an extra minute to read over that email before hitting send, provide some solid feedback to that intern you’ve never spoken to, or walk to the break room with a friend and catch up while you refill your water bottle. Little considerations like these can make a world of difference in the quality of your work, and your confidence and motivation moving forward.