July is here and with it the RUSH of summer. Typically summer is jam packed with weekends on the lake, vacations, BBQ’s and More. I mean it is the middle of summer complete with 4th of July. July is also my 18th Anniversary in Tupperware ((I know, I know, time really does FLY!)) so to celebrate is are Four Fresh Summer Tips.
PAUSE FOR A DIGITAL DETOX!
Turning off your smart phone is an easy way to take a digital vacation and honestly great for YOU and YOUR SOUL. How many times have you heard someone say they don’t have time for themselves? Yet, they spend hours on Social Media just scrolling and watching videos. Studies show the constant blue light is NOT good for you. Check Tip 2 for why. So put on Do Not Disturb, Purposefully put the phone away and take time to pay attention to what is happening around you and in your environment.
Let GO and Breathe in the SUN.
When’s the last time you took a real break and sat in the sun? I mean laid back like in a hammock or reclining in a chair? Studies show that your retina’s exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. (Yes, close your eye – PLEASE) Serotonin is a HAPPY chemical, boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. We all need time to unwind, relax, and daydream. Let go of the stresses you may be feeling and take 15 mins in the morning or afternoon outside in the sun. I am serious – STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES – or listen to the birds chirp. 🙂
KEEP UP WORK PRODUCTIVITY . . .
by organizing your space. Whether you work from home, or work in an office, summer is a great time to give your eyes a rest and clean up the clutter. Yep – just like how we eat with our eyes and plating our food is essential – so is where you work. I know physical clutter only makes the clutter in my head worse and the only way to fix the sea of sticky notes, invoices, unwritten cards, to do lists, etc etc is to remove it. Personally I use an IN BOX/OUT BOX where I literally but it ALL into the inbox so I can start FRESH. Then, I take a few mins each day before walking away to go through what’s in the box and give it a home. If you have more time when organize your space do it then. I personally have found I am more productive in finding the best homes for the clutter after I feel accomplished with my work tasks.
CLEAN UP BEFORE VACATION and EASE BACK IN AFTER.
Never leave for a trip without cleaning up. Coming home from a vacation to a sink full of dishes, full trash cans and piles of laundry is the last thing you want or need. You already will have the laundry from the trip that needs to be done as well as unpacking. As a parent I personally know the feeling of needing a vacation after your vacation. I also know how it feels when I do not unpack right away and the chaos of living out of my suitcase and my home collide. Give yourself a day, if possible, to retain order by unpacking and resetting so that the calm you felt while you were away (hopefully lol) translates as you get back into the swing of things. Also, try not to schedule a packed day full of meeting the first day you are back at work. Give yourself time blocks to answer those emails and voicemails.
Okay that’s it. 🙂 Four Fresh Tips for Summer. Let me know if you would like to see more Fresh Tips this summer by messaging me at firstname.lastname@example.org/.