The summer has officially come to a close. Now we’re down to the long stretch between Labor Day and the Holidays (add suspenseful music here.) Never fear. There are ways to get yourself back into the routine of nose-to-grindstone and approach the final quarter of the year fully on task.
1. Make a to-do list (both big and small)
Do you know what you hope to have accomplished by the end of the year? If so, write it down! Make that the big, over-hanging to-do list, then break it down into a smaller day-to-day one. It might take some time, but that’s ok. Organization is key to operating successfully. Plus there are few things more satisfying than crossing something off a to-do list.
2. Cut yourself some slack
For most people, it’s going to take a few days to get back on track. Stay focused, but if you need an extra Starbucks run or find your mind wandering after lunch, don’t stress out too much. That’s when you pull out your to-do list. If you have something like summer Fridays when you work half days during the summer, the first few weeks may feel like a bummer and rightfully so.
3. Plan your next vacation
Or really, just find something to look forward to that’s not work related. Do you have family visiting this winter? How about a fall sports league or even just your favorite NFL team charging to victory this season? When you’ve had more “life” than “work” over the summer, it feels like upping the “work” is the right thing to do, but you have to keep that balance.
4. Share goals and accomplishments
A simple way to keep yourself focused on your professional goals is to share them with staffers or your board. Outline what you have planned and discuss those plans. Who ever you tell can help keep you accountable, and you have the bonus result of running your ideas by another person for a second opinion.
5. Have an awesome work play list
If all else fails and you’re still longing for the mountains or the beach (or just the couch) try opening up Pandora or Spotify for a great music play list. Your favorite music can be uplifting or soothing and keep you on task.
Another way to charge yourself up for association leadership is to reread your mission statement and remind yourself why you work is important. It really can make a difference in motivation!