But it’s too Nice Outside to Work!

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spark-an-ideaThis week we’re Sparking an Idea for Staying Motivated this Summer…

Summertime.  Beautiful sunrises, fresh air, sunny days, gorgeous sunsets.  Who could possibly work inside when it’s so inviting outside?  Staying motivated can be challenging, no doubt.  Follow these five tips to help you ensure your business doesn’t suffer this summer.

1.   Work outside whenever possible. Can you take your laptop outside?  I know it can be difficult to see the screen if the sun is blaring.  Perhaps sit under and umbrella at the picnic table?  Do you need to sharpen the saw?  Read a great motivational or how-to while at the beach.  Need to make some a phone calls? Step out on the deck to talk. The more often you allow yourself to be outside, the less you’ll be longing to be out there.

2.   Early to rise. Get up a little earlier than norm so that you can hunker down and work for four hours before the children wake or before it gets too warm outside.  That way you will have already put in a half a days work and you can play outside for a chunk of the day.

3.    Barter with yourself. Trade time off for work accomplished.  Tell yourself (or your children) that if you work x-number of hours, first, then you can have equal amount of time off to go to the park, pool or other fun summer activity.   It’s child-rearing 101, “Clean your room, then we can go roller blading.”  Well do some work first, and then you can have fun in the sun.

4.    Outsource. You don’t need to be super mom and do everything yourself. The benefits to outsourcing are many.  This summer work smarter, not harder.  Perhaps now would be a good time to hire a VA and delegate some of your workload. That way you can spend time working on the bare necessities and relax while other needed, but not vital, duties are in the capable hands of a virtual assistant.

5.    Deal with it. Deal with it? You’re, thinking, “What the heck kind of advice is that” right?  Well, what kind of businessperson are you?  Are you a fair-weathered entrepreneur? Or when the going gets tough, the tough get going?  Think of it like exercise – you may not always want to do it, but you know it’s necessary.  Instead of longing for what you don’t have (time outside in the sunshine) consider what you do have inside: A fabulous business that is important to you; air conditioning (maybe or at least a fan!); skin that is not getting sunburned and wrinkly; no mosquito bites, and support from your fellow Sparkpluggers! (Ok, #5 may be a little lame, but sometimes we just need to “Get ‘er done!”)

Enjoy the summer; it’s hard to be disgruntled when the sun is shining!  Stay focused; stay motivated; stay safe; and most importantly have some fun while you’re at it!

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
– James Dent


  1. says

    Being able to set out in my garden with my laptop thanks to my wireless internet almost makes me feel like I’m not working! Your tip on getting up early is a good one too. At my house with teenagers sleeping in I don’t have to get up too early though to get work done before they get up :)!

    Leigh Anne Wilkess last blog post..Black Angus Garlic Cheese Bread

  2. says

    Thanks for the helpful suggestions! I would add that for someone like me who will never, ever wake up 4 hours before my daughter (I’m a confirmed night owl), it can help to do some work at night. That way I have some extra time to play with my daughter during the day, and I can get stuff done after she goes to sleep. Otherwise I’ll just waste that time watching tv anyway :)

    Traci Feit Loves last blog post..Work, Play, Call It A Day

  3. says

    Sometimes I forget that the wireless also works outside the house too. Put the 2 year old in the swing, the 5 year old in the pool, and dad can work on the laptop.

  4. says

    Great post Laurie! I especially love to sit on the deck under our awning with my lap top while my daughter is on the swings. This year I’ll have the play pen by my side with our new little one. It just makes for the best of both worlds!

    Jenns last blog post..Get Data In Real Time!

  5. says

    Tee hee! Duh! Why didn’t I think about that? You’re right. Getting out and satisfying the craving helps a lot. I find being outside actually focuses, re-energizes and motivates me. I find tons of things to blog about, write about or create by watching/observing the world going by.

    Lynette Chandlers last blog post..Laser Printers Make More $ense

  6. says

    I love to do about the lap top in the garden with my baby, is more nice and i can see how he play and I have too time for work a little. All of all can do it.

  7. says

    I have the oppsite problem. Its too easy to get stuck in my home office and next think I know the day is gone. Taking my laptop to a local cafe for a few horus usually helps me get out of my rut.

    Carlas last blog post..Looking for fellow etailers


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