Happy *official* first day of summer! It’s been a scorching past few months in the desert, but today we are supposed to reach a high of 122 degrees. Needless to say, I’ll be hibernating in the condo with AC on full blast, hoping that our power doesn’t go out. Ever since moving to Palm Springs, I’ve noticed that I had to modify some of my habits to avoid falling into the “summer slump.” The hot weather can be really draining and it can be a challenge to get work done in the middle of the day. In the past month or so, I’ve adopted some new practices which has helped me stay on top of things. In light of summer’s arrival, I thought I’d share my top 5 tips for boosting productivity during the hot months!
ONE // Get an early start. Like 5 am early.
This one is a GAME CHANGER for me. I was never really too much of an early bird (not a 5 am one at least) before, but now it feels AMAZING to be up that early! Firstly, the weather is a loooot more bearable at this time. Secondly, there’s just something about getting up early that makes me feel like I’m getting ahead of the world. That, in turn, makes me feel good about myself and my day! It’s super motivating to continue working throughout the day when you know you started strong. I’m still working on sleeping early at like 9 pm so I can get enough sleep before I get up but so far the earliest I’ve done is 11 pm. Well, progress, right?
TWO // Get your outdoor activities & errands out of the way in the morning.
On a good day, I’ll get my grocery shopping, gym, shoots, and pool time all in before 10 am. It gets unbearably hot to drive and walk around outside after that. Ideally after 10, I’ll stay indoors to work at my desk. Sometimes if I’m feeling daring, I’ll go out to the pool in the middle of the day (and get minimum 2 shades darker by staying out for just 15 minutes)… but those dark spots are catching up to me. So, I’ve gotten a lot more careful with tanning. Now, I do it strategically with a ton of sunscreen and getting out there before the sun gets dangerously strong.
THREE // Make a schedule to stick with.
It’s always easy to get things done when you know exactly what needs to be done. Every Sunday, I’ll map out a rough “to-do list” type thing for every day of the week. Of course, plans change and sometimes things shift around. But, at least if I ever draw a blank, I can refer to this list and complete tasks one at a time.
FOUR // Stay hydrated.
Hydration is SO important for our bodies in general, but even more so when it’s hot out. I don’t think I’ve drank so much water in my life before moving out here. Dehydration is known to cause fatigue and sluggishness. And bad skin… and a lot of other not-so-great things. Stay out of the slump by loading up on those electrolytes and iced lemon water!
FIVE // Keep a clean workspace and invest in cute stationery.
Work is the last thing I want to get started on when my desk is cluttered. By keeping my work area clean, I’m able to function efficiently and comfortably. Recently, I learned of U Brands, a brand that offers the cutest stationery at Target! They have trendy weekly planners, fun pens, adorable macaroon erasers… and much more! Their items make the perfect gift for a student and girl boss who works from home. Looking for custom lettering on your notebook? My cousin Angie at bobo design studio is your girl! She is super talented at lettering and will create something you love. Nothing better than customizing your workspace to boost motivation and productivity! 😉
And there you have it — my top 5 tips for staying productive in the heat!
What are some habits or things that help you stay out of the summer slump?