How to Stay Motivated Through the Dog Days of Summer

May 01, 2018

During the summer, when it gets hot and sticky, it's hard to stay motivated. When temperatures rise, and friends start going on vacation, it's tempting to sit back with a drink in hand and let the long, hot afternoons slide by.

Of course, not everyone wants to spend their summer feeling lazy. These strategies can help you stay motivated even when it's uncomfortably hot, and friends are beckoning you to join their barbecues.

Make a List of Goals

Start the summer with a list of goals. Keep your goals realistic. Don't plan to do more than you can get done in a three-month time span, and above all, don't push yourself so hard that you become stressed.

If you're not sure whether or not your list is practical, estimate the amount of time it will take to accomplish each goal. Give yourself a week between goals, just in case one of your goals takes longer than you anticipated. Finally, add up all the time you anticipate it will take you to accomplish your goals. If the estimated time is longer than the summer, then your list of goals is way too long or too hard.

Create a Schedule

Once you have a list of goals, create  a schedule for accomplishing each one. Break your schedule down by parts until you know, more or less, what you'll be doing on various days throughout the summer.

Give Yourself Breaks

It's noble to work through the summer, but it's also important to give yourself breaks. Take weekends off, and plan at least one vacation in the middle of the season. This way, you won't find yourself feeling overworked at a time when many other people are taking it easy.

Get Support

Find someone to help you accomplish your goals. For example, imagine your goal for the summer is to train for a marathon. Find a running partner who will encourage you, keep you on track and hold you accountable for the goals you have set.

Make a Music Playlist

There's nothing like a good music playlist to keep you moving and energized. Make different playlists for different activities to prevent you from getting tired of the songs on any one playlist. For some extra variety, ask a friend with different musical tastes to make a playlist for you.

Use Strategies for Managing Stress

Stress can be a problem when you're feeling pressure to get things done. Use strategies to manage your stress and reduce anxiety. There are lots of different ways that people manage stress, so you can take your pick.

  • Exercise.
  • Meditate.
  • Spend time with a friend.
  • Knit.
  • Whenever you're feeling out of sorts, turn to one of your stress management techniques. You'll feel better and get more done as a result.


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