Simple Steps for a Great (and more balanced!) Summer
The relaxed pace of summer is perfect for creating
more balance in our lives. With a bit of
planning and some small adjustments to our everyday schedules, we can craft a
summer which gives us the relaxation we need now and
re-energizes us for
when life becomes more hectic in September.
Don't over schedule.
There is a reason the phrase, "those
lazy days of summer" is so appealing. We
all need time to slow down and recharge, and that is possible only if our
schedules aren't jam packed.
Involve your family in summer planning.
Ask for input on how
they envision the summer. Engaging kids
in vacation and camp plans will greatly increase the chances that everyone will
be happy. If friends, in-laws, or
extended family are typically part of your summer plans, be sure to also
include them in relevant conversations.
Plan your summer vacation NOW.
Your getaway should come at a
time when you'll most be able to relax, and when your absence will be
least disruptive to your organization. Discuss work priorities and deadlines with your manager soon, and get
your vacation on everybody's calendar!
Make use of flexible scheduling.
Explore the possibility of working
extra hours on Monday through Thursday so you can head out early on Friday and get
a jump on the weekend.
Take advantage of the summer slowdown.
Many businesses slow
down a bit in the summer. If this is the
case for you, maximize the lighter workload by getting caught up on tasks you won't
have time for in the fall (e.g. organizing files, learning a new software
Save some vacation time for "one day" vacations.
time away from work is critical for our well-being, but so are single days out
of the office. Schedule a random Tuesday
to take a day trip with a friend or go shopping by yourself. Kids also love the change of routine so
consider having them skip a day of camp and let them choose a fun destination
for the day.
Faun Zarge helps people find solutions for their work-life challenges.
She offers her practical, realistic strategies through a wide variety of highly interactive and engaging seminars. Please feel free to contact Faun directly to discuss how she might help your organization.