The Summer Months Begin

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Bob Greenwood. July 4, 2013. ( over 8 years ago ) 1,813 views

I thought it was time for a little lighter side to the BLOG yet still leave you with some important points that will help you to continue improving your business… so here goes.

Summer is not only a great time to take a break, whether it is 1 or 2 weeks off or a series of long weekends, it’s also a time when inspirations will strike. During this time, you have a slower pace of life which can allow ideas to take shape in your mind. Use this space and time to reflect on the year so far and plan how to improve in the coming months. But just as importantly, take the time to let your hair down (if you’re fortunate enough to have some).

Make a commitment to yourself to not look at your smart phone every five minutes. You know my saying on that… “I’m just not that important so why am I checking it so often, especially on MY time off?” Instead, put business at the back of your mind – but not out of your head. I’ve had many holidays where I’ve heard of an exciting idea or something gave me an angle to create a solution to a problem. It’s like having an ‘eureka’ moment and it can come to you even when you may be having a relaxing drink around an evening camp fire or on the beach soaking up the sun or just casually chatting with other people. The key point here is, put yourself in a relaxing atmosphere so you can wind down.

Try to plan some time working away from the shop this summer, perhaps in your back yard. Don’t knock it until you try it. We have the technology these days that allows you to keep a direct eye on the shop through your laptop if need be. These relaxed environments encourage creativity and thinking in a different way. Plus it’s fantastic to work outside – as long as you spend some time in the shade, too.

Because the days are longer and lighter, it is much easier to look after your body. By getting more regular exercise in summer you’ll find your work productivity improves greatly along with your fitness. Set a physical fitness goal targeting August 31 and work towards that. Try to develop a daily routine, before work or after you finish work, of some sort that is a 30 to 60 minute work-out whether it be running, power walking, riding a bike, swimming, or even tennis; something that will “get the blood flowing” on a daily basis (outside of normal business stress… LOL).

Now this point will sound strange coming from me, but July and August are two months where the hot weather means there is absolutely no excuse for anybody to wear a tie. If you see someone wearing one, find your nearest pair of scissors and say “bye to the tie”, but when September 1st arrives, it’s time to get back into “uniform”, perhaps sporting a new tie!

Bob Greenwood

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Bob Greenwood
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada