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Adopt A Summer Schedule: Enjoy Summer & Maintain Productivity

May 20, 2017

The weather here in NC has been beautiful the past few days. The sunny days and warm weather have me thinking about hanging outside, taking trips and going to events, and not feeling “trapped inside” because I’m working.

When you’re building a biz, that last one can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. When I worked a 9-5, we used to have a “summer schedule.” We would come in early, take shorter lunches, and stay later in order to get off early on Friday. With a little strategic planning, you can continue the “grind” with your biz, brand, blog, or passion project AND “wind down” a bit and enjoy the summer!

 


Why a Summer Schedule Matters to Your Brand

We all want to enjoy ourselves. In colder weather, it’s easy to justify staying indoors and thus working on our passion projects. But when the sun beckons you, your friends invite you to cookouts and events, and the sand and water whispers to you–it can be doggone on hard to stay inside and look at a computer or make products.

Trust me, I get it.

I also get it when we look up after Labor Day Weekend and we either haven’t made the money you wanted or haven’t gotten as far on a project as you’d hope. The underwhelming feelings and even twinge of guilt I and so many of my community have had can be discouraging.

But adopting a summer schedule will help manage and balance your desire to enjoy the summer and not lose momentum on your passion project. There will still be times you have to make choices. But if you are consistent, even if you choose to “play hookey” you will have accomplished a lot.
General Principles of Adopting a Summer Schedule

 

How to Add Up to 12 Hours in One Week to Your Schedule

 


Summer Schedule Options

 

Suggested Summer Schedule Time Frame

Memorial Day to Labor Day

4 Day Work Week

Work Schedule:
Monday – Thursday

Weekend:
Friday – Sunday

 

3 Day Work Week

Work Schedule:
Tuesday – Thursday

Weekend:
Friday – Monday

I hope I’ve given you something to think about and that you will consider creating a summer schedule…

 

Are you considering adopting a summer schedule for your brand? Leave a comment with your thoughts.

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