Surviving the Summertime Blues
There’s a song that says: There ain’t no cure for the Summertime Blues… which was always a mystery to me…
I love Summer. It may be my favorite time of year.
The beach is perfection.
Birds everywhere singing.
Green trees and abundant growth surrounds us.
Baby bunnies seen while on walks around the neighborhood.
Warm water swimming.
Time with friends…
Oh, and then there’s work.
Many of us love Summer, but not so much working during the Summer months.
We want to be outside.
We’re tired of sitting in front of another zoom room.
We’re over entertaining the kids while we do it all.
And we’re dreaming of some ease after all these months of anxiety around the world.
When this happens we have a bit of a conflict.
We Need to work, but our passion to connect to it is weakened.
We WANT to be present, but our dreaming of being elsewhere dominates our thoughts.
Our desire to be doing something else keeps us from being fully into our work.
And we know we can’t afford that…
So we double down.
Stay at work longer.
Beat ourselves up for not making more progress.
Wonder why things are getting stuck or not reaping the results we desire.
But maybe it’s not that at all?!
Maybe you’ve not been giving yourself sufficient time off.
Time to breathe.
Time to rest.
Time to dream of your next phase.
Time to integrate the weird energy that’s been prevalent in our world these last 18+ months.
Everything has a season.
So, now is the time to take a moment.
Consider your own seasons.
When is your Winter? (the time you like to hibernate, rest and recharge)
When is your Spring? (the time to plant seeds and germinate new ideas)
How bout your Summer? (the time to play, to experiment and be more social)
And what about Fall? (when we harvest, and begin to shed what is no longer needed)
Each of us has our own seasons. Your Summer may happen in the 4th quarter of the year, rather than now. Can you determine this for yourself?
When we punish ourselves we are not serving.
When we make ourselves wrong, it’s hard to move forward with gusto.
This is when we need to be flexible.
To let ourselves quit work a bit earlier perhaps, or go see a movie. Or even (heaven forbid!) take a nap during the day. Maybe make some time to laugh with our kiddos or have a date with our beloved.
When we nourish ourselves we’re also nourishing our work.
When we pay homage to our own rhythms we allow for the best of ourselves to come forward.
You are not alone.
Our teams go through this too.
Have you noticed that Joe (or Sally) has a pattern of productivity?
Have you seen that your services and customers have patterns of growth and times that are more ‘fertile’?
When we pause to notice such things we are giving ourselves some grace.
We are giving ourselves some love and attention.
We are flowing with our energy, rather than fighting against the tide.
This is how we do our best work.
We allow the Summertime Blues, whenever they come.
Not to disable us.
To empower us.
To honor our own styles.
We then are able to move into a space that gives us more productivity… better results.
Here’s how to begin:
*Take some time to pitch your own patterns and see what season this is for you. Remember to notice the patterns for your team and clients too.
*Design your activities at work around this season.
*Be sure to prioritize (eat the big frog first) so you have the energy needed for maximum output.
*Give yourself a break when needed.
*Use your peak energy times to buckle down and DO.
*Use time chunking to accomplish tasks.
Congratulate yourself on working smarter, not harder.
Watch your flow return, and your appreciation for the life you’re creating.
Remember that as a leader you have options.
You get to decide how to channel your actions.
You get to design the path forward.
You are permitted to be an advocate for the best track for yourself.
So, next time you get the Blues, no matter the season… KNOW that there is something going on,
That you are being given a gift.
And within in it is the Present moment that you can lean into to see it’s Gifts.
To your Unforgettable Journey,
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Branding Specialist and Strategic Planner, J. Winslow brings decades of solid experience to each project and leader she interacts with. Clients range from non-profits such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to Madison Avenue Biggies including: Women’s Day Magazine, Cover Girl and Elizabeth Taylor. She also enjoys working with TEDx speakers and students ready to leverage their own brand stories. Learn more here…