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During the summer months of COVID-19, many employees try to find some time in between meetings and projects for some good old-fashioned recreation, whether it’s taking a jog around the park, playing with the kids in the yard, or just spending some time outside and enjoying a fresh summer breeze.
Working full-time normally doesn’t always allow you the luxury of taking time away from the computer. But while much of the workforce is still remote, it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer.
Living in New Jersey, I try to find time to head outside and enjoy the northeast heat throughout the week. I try to stay active as much as possible and enjoy jogging or walking around my neighborhood to give me some scenery that is better than staring at a plain white wall or straining my eyes in front of the TV on the elliptical machine in our basement. Being able to go outside is probably one of the best ways break up the day and avoid cabin fever.
Working part-time, I usually have no trouble finding time in my schedule to fit in a little recreation. There are also those days when I work longer to get my hours in to fit in a trip “down the shore,” as we call it in Jersey on a day when I wouldn’t have to worry about the crowds and enjoy the nice ocean breeze and the ability to take a step back from the daily routine.
For those who work full-time, I can understand that free time doesn’t always fit into everyone’s agenda, but I think there are some ways to fit in a little “me time” into your day without completely disrupting your work schedule
The trick is to check your schedule daily and find points in your day where you have at least 30 minutes of free time. Thirty minutes should be enough time to take a break without losing too much focus, like shooting a few hoops with the kids, go for a quick run, bake a batch of cookies, or really any activity that gets you away from the computer for a little while.
One of the most important things to keep in mind with incorporating “me time” into your summer work schedule is that discipline is a must. The best way that I discipline myself is using some of the built-in apps on my phone like the timer in the clock app, the reminders app, and the calendar app. Whenever I’m taking small breaks within my schedule, I use the timer to remind me to get back to work, but I also use it to break up time in between projects. I usually take 30 minutes to an hour to work on a project and I switch to give my eyes something new to look at. Not only does this allow me to have a fresh look at my work, but it also increases my productivity and ability to multi-task.
Working hard deserves its rewards, especially under the circumstances many of us are dealing with. Don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself as long as you remember to get back to work. There is about a month left of fun in the sun so make the most of it and continue to power through as we continue our journey through this difficult time in our society and work toward the future.
August 5, 2020