Summer is upon us and over the next few weeks schools will be closing, the sun will be shining, and you'll be daydreaming that you're at the beach or on a boat or anywhere but your desk. There's a good chance that all excitement and distractions of summer will curb your productivity-but there are a few things you can do to avoid this. Here are tips from career experts on how to boost your productivity at work in the summer.
Plan your play.
Every employee needs a break, says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant. Find out in advance a mutually agreeable time for vacation from your boss so you're not stressed while away from the office. Some bosses prefer that you're away when they're away. Others prefer that you cover for them or manage in their stead. Open communication counts for a lot when it comes to summer vacation time. It's important to delineate your time off and establish ground rules. "Also take time to schedule other summer events and activities that are important to you so that you can plan your work around them," adds Al Coleman, Jr., author of Secrets to Success: The Definitive Career Development Guide for New and First Generation Professionals.. If you plan to leave work a few hours early one day, then stay later the day before. If you want to take a longer lunch to meet a friend who is in town--arrive earlier to work that morning.