Staying motivated during the summer months can be a challenge, especially when you don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder and there are so many fun things to do.

Here are some helpful tips from C&GR Associate Coach Deanna Maio:

Staying motivated during the summer can be hard for anyone. It can be especially difficult for solo entrepreneurs. When you do not have a boss looking over your shoulder, it can be especially easy to take a day off of work and go to the beach instead. And while that may be fun for a few hours, it isn’t going to help your business.

Here are some 3 tips on how to stay motivated during the summer.

1. Keep a regular work schedule

There is an old rule of thumb that states, what you do in your business today, will affect your business three months down the line. If you start to let things slide in June, you may not feel the squeeze until September.

Unfortunately, since you didn’t notice any ill effects in July or August, you may have continued your slide, which means that your business will still be suffering in November. And we all know what happens after that is the holidays. This is a time of year when many people let things slide again, as they are busy with holiday shopping, parties, and school functions.

You can avoid all of this by keeping a regular work schedule in the summer. If you have school age children that are now on summer vacation, you may not be able to work as much as you can during the school year. That’s okay, just keep putting in a regular amount of work each week and your business will keep growing.

2. Keep a set of written goals close

When you write down goals they are much more likely to be achieved. Add seeing them more often in your workspace and you’ll be reminded you of the things that need to be done and can serve as a great motivator. Remember, when you set your goals they need to have a due date attached to them. Otherwise, it will be easy to put them off until another day.

3. Reward yourself

Along with your goals, create a list of rewards you will give yourself as you complete your goals. You can treat yourself to a pedicure, a day at the pool, or some other treat. Having something to look forward to at the end of a task can motivate you to complete it.

You could try start working with a coach to keep you on track, focused and accountable. You can set up weekly challenges amongst yourselves and find ways to make working fun.

Another trick to help motivate you is to start writing a list of all the holiday presents you will soon need to purchase. Seeing that list and knowing you have to come up with the money to buy them can definitely keep you focused on your business, even during the summer.

Taking time off during the summer months can be a lot of fun but, can damage your business and slow your results. When you work for yourself, going to the park or cutting out a little early to meet your friends, is easy. I hope these tips help you stay focused and on track to your goals during the summer. With just a few small tweaks you can still enjoy the heat and the rewards come fall.

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