As soon as Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer, you’ll kick back and relax a bit. Thoughts of vacation plans will vie for your attention with your work duties.
There’s nothing wrong with basking in the more leisurely pace of slow summer months. But don’t get too comfortable. Use the lull to regroup, clear away your workspace and address long-delayed tasks on your to-do list.
The danger is that you treat summer as an extended excuse to slack off. Because many workplaces are less crowded—and less noisy—from late May through Labor Day, it’s an ideal time to tackle more cerebral assignments that require intense concentration.
To fill pockets of downtime, reconnect with business contacts or survey your customers. A two-hour phone blitz can help boost your visibility or gather information that you can use to propose ideas within your organization. Either way, you accelerate your career growth.
You may also want to use the less harried summer months to upgrade your filing system, revamp your computer desktop or cleanse existing files to discard unneeded or outdated material. Go through pending folders and either take action on each item or toss it.