Ok, so I’m over my short hiatus. Thanks for being patient.
You know I share advice and coach people on developing their personal style. Did you know that when I work with organizations I coach people on building their personal brand? Some of you did.
My focus is, and has always been, supporting people to uncover a level of confidence and empowerment within themselves.
Over the summer, I’m getting the chance to share more of my personal branding expertise with CBC listeners. This past Monday, I shared some tips on trying to remain focused when all you want to do is sunbath and enjoy a bevvy on a patio. I know. The early days of summer are hard.
You can listen to the segment here:
Slipping into summer vacation mode is pretty easy. It’s not great though, if you’re not on vacation. Letting things slide too much can, sooner rather than later, be detrimental.
I shared some tips during this past segment but I wanted to share a few more things with you.
Here are some quick, easy ways to stay motivated during the early days of summer… when really, deep down, you just want to be vacation all summer long.
- Set micro goals– break up the deliverables and tasks that you have to do into smaller increments. Think about what you have to do today, in the next few days or over the course of the week. Small wins will help you stay on track.
- Take mini-breaks when needed– forcing yourself to stare at your computer or sit at your desk until you’ve completed a task usually doesn’t work (unless you’re under deadline pressures!). That’s not how we are hardwired. If you are losing focus, get up, take a break and reset. You’ll be much more productive than sitting there, forcing yourself to do something that you just can’t do at the moment.
- Share some of the things you’re doing over the summer- on social media, it’s easy to get into the mode of “I’m using this for business” but if you’re trying to engage with your audience, it’s often better to mix it up by share some of the personal things you’re doing. Selfishly, this is a good way to break up some of the day-to-day grind for yourself and inject some of your personal interests into what you share on social media.
- Change your environment- sometimes a change in scene is helpful. Go to your local library, the office atrium, your local coffee shop, a quiet park bench or wherever else makes you feel great. This is a great perk-me-up.
- Go for a walk– Go get some sun. Stretch your legs. Sometimes you just need some fresh air, summer heat and sunshine on your face.
- Dress summery yet professional- dressing for the season makes you just feel summery and light. Make sure you keep it professional and appropriate for your office environment though (yeah that’s right, I mean no flip flops). Without much effort, you’ll be in the mindframe of “summer professional.” Try it. It’s true.
You can listen live to these summer segments every Monday at 7:20am MST on CBC Radio 1 (Edmonton).