3 ways this summer could change your work-life

How to use your time wisely.

What’s your plan for the summer? I have lots of plans involving a few days away with the family exploring a new country and also days out in the country and by the sea.

Whilst I know this sounds idyllic, it will no doubt include a good deal of deep thinking too. Two years ago, whilst touring China and immersing myself in a new culture, I decided that I was done with corporate life and needed a new challenge.

Maybe you think I was having a mid-life crisis?

However, I think it was much simpler than that.

I spent time in remote locations, without the technology that I used to be constantly connected with the organisation. Without this connection, I had the opportunity to think about my life and decide what was important to me.

What about you?

When did you last do take the time to really think about your work life and what you want to achieve?

Here are 3 ways that you can use your time this summer to decide how you want to change your work life.

  1. Change of environment gives a different perspective.

As I described above seeing how other cultures operate gives you a chance to gain a new perspective on your life and your purpose. It is also an opportunity to reconnect with your loved ones and remember what’s important in your life.

2. Opportunity to undertake some self-development.

All too often we are so busy that we lack time to think about, where we are in our lives, or reflect on where you want to go. The summer with the longer days gives creates new possibilities that during the evenings and vacation time we can read, or perhaps undertake and an online course.

3. We pass the half year point.

And obviously, we pass the halfway point of the year. This provides us with the possibility that we can revisit our goals and acknowledge our achievements. The wonderful thing about doing it during the summer is we still have months during which we can make it happen this year. The rest of the year is full of potential and if it started in a less than satisfactory way, it doesn’t have to end the way it started!

The overall goal is to take stock of your life. If this leads you to make changes then it will have been worthwhile. And if at the end of the summer, you decide that all is hunky dory and no change is required then you will enter autumn refreshed and energised. What could be better?

I’d love to know what you think. Leave a comment below or tweet me @suzannemountain.