When warm weather rolls around, routine flies out the window. Between cottage visits, summer business hours and school break, it can be tough to keep on top of everything.
Lack of routine can bring about added stress, which is the absolute last thing you need while trying to enjoy your summer. To avoid it, do a bit of prep. With some strategic planning, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to get into the swing of things this year.
If you have kids, chances are you have this step down. With eight weeks of free time to fill, getting kids enrolled early in summer programs is a must. Come May, things are already filling up. So, make your list and get going.
Want to book a cabin with friends? Schedule a weekend with the in-laws? Plan a getaway for your employees? Send out an email with possible dates and start planning now to avoid last-minute stress.
Maybe you’re hoping to get up to the cottage two weekends a month, but you’re in the habit of working weekend overtime. Or you promised the kids you’ll be getting off early on Fridays to catch their soccer games. Whatever it is, you’ll need to communicate the change with your colleagues, boss or employees and then stick to it.
Boundaries are one of the best ways to establish work-life balance. By determining what you are and aren’t willing to sacrifice, you set yourself up for less worry about what you’re missing. And hey, everyone respects the man or woman who can confidently lay down boundaries and stick to them.
This is the number one rule for avoiding summertime let-down. Sometimes, we’d all rather spend warm summer days sitting on a picnic blanket with our friends. But reality is, you will have to miss out on some social events because of your work schedule.
By planning a few things to look forward to — and not jam-packing your daily schedule with events that you almost certainly will have to cancel — you can enjoy the moments you spend outside of work AND the ones you spend at work, too.
Get the team involved
Who said you can’t have summer fun with your colleagues? It’s not an either-or situation. It’s easy to incorporate warm weather fun into your workplace. It can be simple; plan an after-lunch walk with your desk mates or picnic lunches once a week. It can also be elaborate; schedule a mid-July water fight and stock up on water balloons, water guns and food colouring at your local party shop.
Whatever you decide, don’t let summer slip away. You can easily balance work and life with a bit of planning and a LOT of dedication to summer fun. Now, get out there!