May 16, 2013, 6:00 am

Do You Get More Done in The Summer?

by: MD    Category: Uncategorized
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I don’t how anyone can live where it’s warm out all year round. I’m totally jealous. I live in Ontario, Canada, where it’s cold for a good 6-8 months of the year. I have no idea why my parents chose to migrate here from Europe. But hey, you can’t control Mother Nature.

Today I wanted to have some fun and discuss the idea of getting work done in the summer when it’s warm out.

Do you get more or less work done in the summer?

You feel better in the summer. There’s so much to do. Everyone is out. You can spend an evening at the park. Most of you reading this have kids and believe me I know how bad kids can be in the summer. When I was a kid I just wanted to be at the park all evening playing soccer or hanging out with friends. I couldn’t stay in.

How are you supposed to stay productive or stick to your laptop when you just want to be outside? It’s pretty tough at times.

The winter can be a killer on your moods. I’ve seen many friends experience season affective disorder. You don’t feel like doing anything. You just want to sit around. Your mood sucks too.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.”

That sucks. I personally can get pretty damn lazy in the winter months. There are days where I don’t feel like doing anything. It can be difficult to snap out of.

With that being said, we all want to get the most out of the summer because it’s only here for such a short period of time.

How can you stay on top of your goals in the summer?

The following tips have worked best for me when I know that I have to be glued to my laptop when it’s gorgeous out.

Avoid the temptation to drink early.

When it’s warm out, it’s tempting to start hanging out on the patio earlier in the day. This usually leads to booze. This could lead to a few beers. You’re feeling social. You don’t want to go home. Next thing you know, you’re 6 beers in and feeling wasted by 5pm. While there’s nothing wrong with that if you planned for it, it sucks if you have things to do that day.

As tempting as it can be, you got to hold off on the early drinking.

Get your work done first.

My goal is to get as much done as possible in the morning. This frees up the rest of the day. You also don’t have to stress during the afternoon about that email that you forgot to reply to or that project that isn’t complete yet.

I say that we try to get as much done as possible in the morning or before we go out. The rest of the day is ours.

Wake up early.

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Ben Franklin

It’s tough to wake up earlier than you need to in the winter because it’s freezing out and your bed is so nice and warm. Now that it’s warm out, you have less excuses. What are some of the benefits of waking up earlier?

  • A calm morning.
  • Time to exercise.
  • Start the day off right.
  • The world is peaceful.
  • More focus.
There are many more benefits. I’m trying to get into the habit of waking up earlier myself. Have you thought about it?

[Quick note: Leo wrote about the beenfits of waking up early at Zen Habits.]

As for me, I have windows open with a nice breeze coming in as I type this article. This is the warmest day of the year. As soon as I finish my work I’m heading outside to enjoy the sun. We have a nice little park in our backyard and there’s always someone around to hang out.

Do you struggle with getting work done in the summer?

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Comments

I’m from Central Europe – Czech Republic, and we have cold also about 6 months in year.

That’s why I moved to Australia :-) I hate winter, and I always had depression. Funny that maybe 40 minutes ago few Aussies told me how “bloody freezing is out there” … It’s 14 degrees at 9pm. In Czech, we used to start wearing T-shirts when the temperature got close to 15 :))

I totally agree with your tips. One beer easily leads to dozen, and nothing done.

I’m busier but I tend to get a lot more done outside than inside.

I definitely feel better during Spring and Summer. I suffer from SAD during winter months.

I feel more producting when the weather is nice. One thing I like to do is take my laptop outside and get some work done while soaking up the nice weather.

Like you, for some reason the warmer weather makes me want to hang out on the patio and have a few beers! What I do is avoid this temptation most nights but allow myself a couple nights of the week to not worry about working on my site and instead just relax, have a few beers and enjoy the evening.

There’s something about summer that makes anyone so hyperactive. Whether it’s to go on vacation, get some office work done, or cleaning the house, summer seems like the perfect opportunity to do so.

I get more done in the summer for the usual reasons – more sunlight, more energy, easier to be outside. BUT: the trouble I have in the summer is focusing. It’s not just because of the weather, inviting me to take a load off and pull up a beer; it’s because I have left so many things undone all winter that everywhere I turn, there is more work to be done. As a result, whenever I hit a bit of a rough patch in a job I’m doing, all I have to do is look up and I see another job that I have to do. Very often, that job seems easier than the one I’m doing right then, so…

I live in a tropical country and there are a lot of things you can actually do during summer or warm season compared to cold weather where you always feel so sleepy and lazy.