How to Remain Productive and Motivated This Summer

Working on a laptop outdoorsFeeling the mid-summer slump where anything seems more appealing than work? You're not alone. Many of us, even those who love what they do, find it difficult to concentrate with the holiday season fast approaching.

So, it's not surprising people find holidays the biggest form of procrastination when it comes to study. It doesn't have to be that way. Take a look at our top motivational tips to keep your brain ticking over, even when body feels like giving up.

Power through

It can be hard to resist the allure of long, lazy summer days. But remember, while you aren’t working, there’s others who will be – and these are the people who you’re going to be competing with for jobs further down the line. That’s a good reason to stay motivated!

Indulge in small summer pleasures

Sure, as an online student, you won't be able to laze around in the sun without doing any work, but you can find a balance between keeping your head in the game and slacking off. If you have a laptop, you might consider completing some of your assignments outside. If your course doesn't require a laptop, then it's still important to schedule a break allowing you to enjoy the sun. Taking a walk, sunbathing, or just watering the plants - it makes a difference to your mood and leaves you feeling refreshed.

Have a routine

Summer mornings are associated with lie ins and plenty of rest. This habit is one to nip in the bud as soon as you feel yourself drifting off. It's much easier to work when you have a schedule; so plan your time, and wake up refreshed and ready to take on the world. Decide in advance how you'll split up your day, making time for professional appointments like meetings and hitting the gym. This way you know exactly how much time to devote to each project and what you'll miss out on if you go over.

Take care of your health

While having a strict routine is important to balance your workload, it's equally as important to keep your body in good shape. You can't be motivated if you feel unwell. So make sure you're hydrated and drink plenty of water, especially if working in the summer sun. It's important to watch the temperature. You may feel comfortable as you lay back and comfortably recline your sun lounger, assignment at the ready, but let's not forget the sun cream. The UK weather is unpredictable at the best of times, but in high season it's next to impossible to predict.

Get yourself a work buddy

During the winter people are working hard all day every day. But as summer rolls around people take a more relaxed approach and thoughts soon turn to fun in the sun. That's when it's time to call in the reinforcements. Find someone to offer encouragement when you're slacking, ideally a friend, family member or a course buddy.


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