Maximize Your Summer: Work-Life Balance Tips for the Season

"You can't do a good job if your job is all you do." -Katie Thurmes

Finding work-life balance during the summer can be challenging due to the allure of outdoor activities and finding time for yourself can be tricky. However, it is important to recharge your battery to help keep you motivated for the rest of the year. Let’s go over some tips to help you achieve a better work-life balance this summer season. 

Seek flexibility 

You might be able to create a more flexible work schedule throughout the summer months. Starting earlier in the morning will allow you to finish work earlier, giving you’re the opportunity to take advantage of the longer evenings. If you work remotely, consider an outdoor office where you can soak up the sunshine for parts of your day. It is also important to utilize your vacation time to ensure you take the time needed to rest and recharge! 

“Using these [vacation days] wisely to participate in events, go away, or even just relax in the garden at home. Giving yourself a break like this can ensure that when you are working, you are as productive and energized as you can be.”

Forbes 

Trust your network   

Relying on and trusting others on your road to success is not a sign of weakness. Rather, it shows that you are an excellent leader, and that you understand the importance of delegating. Fostering your network will not only help you better manage your personal and professional life but shows your team that you trust the people around you. 

Create boundaries   

With the ease of technology, it can be hard to separate work from your personal life. You have constant access to emails and messaging, which can make it difficult to ignore the never-ending needs of your business. However, it is critical to set healthy boundaries for yourself. If someone emails you at 9pm, that doesn’t mean you are obligated to respond.    

Be clear with clients and employees of the expectations you both have, to ensure everyone is on the same page. Remember, “No” is a complete sentence! While it may be difficult to say, your mental health will thank you.   

With many people continuing to work from home, work-life separation boundaries are critical to maintaining positive mental health and reducing the possibility of burnout. 

Turn off technology   

When your workday is complete, power off technology. With the ease of phones, information will continue to trickle in after-hours. Those emails and messages will still be there in the morning. Dedicate the time you have outside of work to those around you, and to yourself. We all need time to recharge our batteries to be better leaders, co-workers, family, and friends. 

Striking a healthy balance in work and life requires managing your time and energy efficiently, and summer offers unique opportunities to do so. 

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