How to Grow Your Business and Still Enjoy Summer
Bright, sunny mornings filled with coffee on the porch. It may be easier to get out of bed during the summer, but getting in good work time is a whole other story. The pool and lazy afternoons seem so tempting.
We can always find ways to justify slacking off -- the weather won't be this good forever, the kids are out of school, I just needed to run to the store....
But unfortunately the calendar and the clock don't stop during summer months. Take a break and you could find yourself feeling behind for the second half of the year.
Here are 10 ways you can continue to grow your business while still enjoying summer.
10 Ways to Grow Your Business and Still Enjoy Summer
1) Work from a new coffee shop
There's something so refreshing and stimulating about a different environment. Instead of working from the Starbucks around the corner, why not try going somewhere else? A change of scenery can lead to ideas and meeting new people. Take your laptop and your to-do list somewhere different for a change.
2) Work outside
Get out from your home office and sit on your porch or patio. Your wifi connection should still work if you don't stray too far from your house. When you work outside the background sounds will go from that same Pandora station you play over and over to birds chirping and lawns being mowed.
Be sure to wear your sunglasses and sunscreen.
3) Read a business related book
Go find a hammock and read. The caveat -- make sure it is a business related book. That will keep the guilty feelings at bay. Need suggestions?
Here are 5 books that changed my business.
4) Spend Friday afternoons browsing blogs and Pinterest
Ah, the internet. Such a business time suck. You intent to go check out how your own marketing pins are doing and BAM -- it's two hours later. It happens to us all.
The trick is to read blogs and Pinterest with intent. Instead of going down a random internet rabbit hole, pick a specific business related topic to research. Maybe you want to learn how to grow your email list or how to use a new software program. Have a topic in mind before you open that browser.
5) Take a business related class to learn a new skill
Whether you take on online course or go to a local location, learning a new business related skill can be fun. It may be just what you need to kick your business into high gear for the second half of the year.
6) Meet at least 5 people for lunch of coffee for networking
Here's a great excuse to go out to lunch or meet up for coffee -- networking! Go through all those business cards you have stacked up and arrange to get together in person. You never know when you'll find a potential client of BBF (business best friend).
7) Get some pretty flowers or a succulent for your desk
If you are going to sit inside, at least make your desk pretty. Add some flowers from your yard or the store for a bit of seasonal color. Never underestimate the power of a pretty desk for productivity.
Now may be the perfect time to hire a VA or get your kids to do some routine business tasks. Tired of daily data entry? Delegate it to someone else so you can spend more time doing the tasks you enjoy.
9) Learn a new easy but pretty hair style
If you're like me, it can be all too easy to just grab your hair and tie it up into a plan 'ole ponytail. The ulimate timesaver for the working woman. But why not learn a new fast and easy way to style your hair? Your appearance can have a great impact on how you feel during the day, so why not feel pretty and profesh?
10) Take time off
Remember how awesome being your own boss felt in the beginning? But now do you still take advantage of your flexible schedule or do you feel like you're neglecting business if you are out of the office?
Even if it is just for a day, take some time off to remind yourself you are in charge. And time away from your desk truly can make you more productive when you return.
How do you plan to run your business this summer? Will you be trying any of these 10 tips?