Are you anxious about loosing momentum over summer on some key projects and initiatives that your team is working on? As employees really move into summer mode, the ability to keep things rolling can be challenging and trying for leaders.
Fear not! Here are 5 ways to use summer to gain momentum rather than loose it.
I'm distracted before holiday time
When I am getting ready to go on vacation, the final couple of working days are usually focused on tying up loose ends so that nothing unravels while I’m gone. My mind is on red flags and potential hotspots. I am not focused enough to be able to sit down and do the deep thinking that is often required on a larger projects.
I'm trying to get caught up when I get back
Upon returning from vacation, the following days are dedicated to putting out any fires that arose, catching up on the office happenings and trying to clean out my inbox. Once again, I am not usually in the right frame of mind to be able to dig deep on a project.
The day or two before we leave on holiday and certainly the day after
we come back are often considered write-offs for most people.
Combine everyone's time off and it seems like a lost few months
Therefore when someone is away for a week, you’ve basically lost almost 2 weeks of time to focus on a project. Add to that the sunshine, ice cream cones and the kids being out of school as distractions and it’s even harder over summer to get anything done at the office. With the summer season stretching for about 3 months, it’s easy to see how we can loose momentum in team projects as people alternate being away for summer vacation.
A leader can choose to see it differently
As the leader in charge, it can be disheartening for you to see a project come to a standstill. Projects do not have to get derailed over summer though. If you can step back and see the gift in this shift of office rhythm over summer, you can put it to good use!
Summer schedules can allow more focused project time
The truth is you can accomplish a lot over summer because in many ways there are fewer distractions. In summer, there are less people in the office, fewer meetings and generally a slower pace. Use this to your advantage to get ahead on some of the components of the project.
5 ways to use summer to gain momentum rather than loose it
Get excited and lead your team to a productive summer
Don’t throw up your hands now and say it’s useless. Instead, give yourself a knowing smirk as you set the intention that you will actually get more done this summer. Then get clear on what you are doing to do, when and who's responsible. Choose to lead productively through summer, rather than give up. Finally, make sure you and your team set a date for celebration to acknowledge the focused concentration over summer!
Question: What idea above really stood out for you as something new that you will try to keep momentum going in your summer project?
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