You peer outside your window and its beautiful, the temperature is in the upper 70’s, its partly cloudy and you are getting summer fever, so is it possible to stay productive during the summer?
Thoughts of your favorite beach chair come into vision and suddenly you find yourself at the beach, staring at the ocean but wait, you are staring at your computer. Questions enter your mind like flights taking off at a busy airport. “Why am I here?”, “Should I leave now?” “Why am I not getting anything done?”
So, seriously is it even possible to be productive during the summer?
To Stay Productive In The Summer Requires A Plan
To avoid the drifts during the week and avoiding the being unproductive you need a plan to ensure you stay productive during the summer. “All you need is the plan, the roadmap, and the courage to press onto your destination.” – Earl Nightingale
A plan which will optimize your time during the summer, due to added activities, holidays and items which draw your attention away from the job. The plan should be a thought out process which you can implement daily and thus at the end of each day, allow yourself to review your activities.
Personally, I just completed utilizing a great resource called The Mastery Journal, which allows you to master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days! I first learned about this journal by the creator John Lee Dumas from his EOFire podcast.
Ok, I know what you are thinking. “I can really master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days?” I thought the same thing also. After I completed 20 days in the journal, I could see my productivity and discipline scores increasing and thus my focused increased and I stayed productive! The same can occur for you.
Three Core Elements To Stay Productive During The Summer
- Focus – the ability to not get distracted and remain at the task at hand. Have you ever been working on a project and your phone buzzes and then suddenly reach over to see what alert you just received? Guilty! I have don’t that also, until I begin to remove all distractions in each focus session.
A focus session is a period of time which you allocate toward a specific task. Inside the Mastery Journal there are four sessions that you will input the amount of time you are allocating to each session. After entering the focus time, you then indicate your refresh time. Your refresh time is the amount of time to give your mind a rest before entering the next session. I found by allocating the times plus eliminating the distractions, allowed me to stay on task.
- Productivity – this is all about getting things DONE! Are you one to cross things off a list after you complete the task? I love crossing things off or making a nice checkmark beside the task.
If you travel for work, I found by planning in advance, the focus topics for each session provided clarity. It allowed me to plan the necessary time during traveling and business meetings.
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always a result of a commitment to excellance, intelligent planning, and a focused effort.” Paul J. Meyer
- Discipline– is having the capacity to stick to something, which you deemed important to you, even on the days you don’t feel like doing it. Those who harness discipline, are able to accomplish more than than those who ebb and flow in their level of commitment.
In the Mastery Journal you have the opportunity to rate your discipline on a scale of one to ten each day during the 100 days. I know when I first started, my discipline score was ok on day one, however I was able to increase my score +2.25 points by day 100.
The 100 Day Journey
Along the 100 day journey , I learned how to manage interrupts better and to turn off all notifications for a period of time. Implementing these tactics can increase all threes of these principles.
Is it possible to be productive during the summer! YES! If you Utilize the Mastery Journal you will increase your focus, productivity and discipline!
PS: If have a goal you want to achieve in 100 days, check out the Freedom Journal.