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When the weather is beautiful, it can be easy to get distracted at work and find that productivity is lacking. Everyone would rather be at the beach soaking up the sun, but offices can’t take a three-month recess every year just to enjoy the heat. When it gets hard to focus on work goals, these five tips will help avoid distraction and increase productivity during the summer months.

  1. Shift your schedule to be the most productive.

With offices that allow setting your own hours, it can be helpful to schedule work around any activities you are excited about during the summer. Come in early to finish with enough time to go to the beach, or take a long midday break that allows you to relax and enjoy the weather while still working your full day. Rearranging your time into four 10-hour days gives you a long weekend every week while still maintaining your work pace.

  1. Keep your dress professional.

While it can be tempting to wear shorts to the office on days when the sun is out, it just distracts you. Dress more casually but make sure you are still dressed for a focused day of work, not a day at the beach. Keep a change of clothes in your car so you are ready to go as soon as you finish your work.

  1. Enjoy the summer outside of work.

Make an effort to do fun activities in your time off. A “work hard, play hard” mentality can keep you focused and still allow you to check off your summer bucket list. Reserve time in your after work schedule to attend baseball games, go on hikes, attend happy hour with friends, and generally savor the weather.

  1. Plan ahead and keep moving.

Keep yourself motivated by looking ahead to the fall and starting projects early. Take the initiative to get things started and maintain your professional growth by honing a new skill as a summer project. That way, you can track your progress and work towards a goal. 

  1. Keep yourself healthy.

Long days in the sun and late-night parties can drain you physically and mentally. Take care of your body so you can stay focused during the work day and enjoy your recreation. Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and keep a balanced diet to keep your body at its peak performance.

Long summer days are a great source of fun and relaxation, so make sure to enjoy them. These tips will help you stay focused at work so you can fully enjoy your time off.