1. Rest. We all need it, so don’t feel guilty and enjoy the slower pace that summer brings. I love sleeping in until 8am, instead of my normal 5:30am wake up call to get my son off to school! Get to bed early when you can and try not to turn on the news before bed time.
2. Relax. You will be able to relax when you’re well rested – it may take a day or
two, before you get in the groove, but you will. Take deep breaths and slow your
mind. Allow it to be open to new ideas when you’re ready to receive them.
3. Catch up with friends and family. Have a simple pot-luck cookout or picnic and
re-connect with those you love and don’t see as often as you’d like. Keep it simple
and impromptu – sometimes those are the best times we can share with each other.
4. Visit a new place you haven’t been to before. There are many beautiful places
around you that you probably have not taken the time to see or visit. Do so now. It
will enlighten you to your local surroundings and provide you with food for thought
when generating new ideas for your personal and business life.
5. Read a book, or two or three. Summer is the best time to give yourself permission
to read for pleasure. It’s great to read a good business book, but the books that allow
you to put yourself into someone else’s world are wonderful escapes that can leave
you rejuvenated and intrigued.
6. Leave your PDA at home. There are so many electronic devices we need to
respond to, there’s something to be said for shutting them all down on occasion.
Remember, most people are taking time off now, too, so there’s probably nothing very
urgent you need to be responding to – unless you’re a physician on call, so leave
the gizmos at home when you hit the beach.
7. Attend a conference or convention you’ve been wanting to participate in. For
me, David Neagles’ seminar came up quickly and I seized the moment! I already had
the other convention on my calendar and it was serendipity that they didn’t overlap,
but dovetailed into one another. I return home and am alone for a couple of days,
before I collect my three children and get ready for school!
8. Reflect on the year so far. Summertime is a great mid-point to the year that allows
you to take note of your accomplishments to date and re-visit some of the things
you’d like to continue to pursue in the months to come, or before the end of the year –
just in time for those infamous resolutions.
9. Sit on the beach and listen to an audio book. If you’re compelled to fill your mind
with more business development information, a How To CD program might be just the
thing? Resist the urge to take notes while listening. Close your eyes and take in
what you can. If something strikes a chord with you, that’s what you were meant to
10. Set some Back to School, Back to Business Goals for yourself. Before Labor
Day comes around, write down a list of things you’d like to do this fall and beginning
of winter. Have map, will travel. Make some decisions and start the academic year
off with a bang! People are most motivated to start new projects in the fall and the
New Year because of our past conditioning with school, etc. Try it for yourself and
look at your list come Thanksgiving. I’ll be you’ll have a lot to be thankful for.