Ah, summertime! Sun’s up, pool’s open, life’s good.
Except it’s not all sunshine and beach-bumming for everyone—especially not for business owners or busy professionals. When the days and weeks run together and the months turn into one never-ending blur, it’s not hard to fly by summer, stuck in the 9-to-5, without even a nod of acknowledgement to the happiest of seasons.
Well, do you remember when you were in school, the bubbly, butterfly feeling you got on the last day—when summer break was just minutes away? It’s time to bring the feeling back. Even without a celebrated summer vacation, you can still take advantage of the brightest months for a refreshed energy. But how?
Well, we asked the Young Entrepreneur Council to share one creative way to recharge your batteries over the summer—without taking a vacation. And this is what they suggested:
1. Work remotely.
When working remotely from home, you have the ability to take that extra break or two, step outside for fresh air, exercise, do some yard work, reorganize your desk, read, learn something, etc. Just changing the scenery and taking some time for yourself—even while working—goes a long way.
—Ken Cauley, Advanced Media
2. Get in the water.
Even if you can’t go to an exotic beach, you can find some way to cool off in or near the water when it gets hot. If you live near an ocean, you can go to the beach. Otherwise there might be a lake or river in your area. I find that just looking at water is relaxing and regenerating. Going in is also nice. If you can’t do that in the ocean, find a gym with a pool.
—Shawn Porat, Fortune Cookie Advertising
3. Work out in the sun.
I find that getting some sun and working out is critical to my productivity. During the summer, I often go for a quick run outside during lunch. When I come back, I’m refreshed and invigorated. Put your coffee down and go for a midday run. You’ll be glad you did!
—Jonny Simkin, Swyft
4. Go to a bookstore.
While bookstores might be fading faster than electronic emporiums, an aimless trip to the local bookstore is sure to provoke some underlying thoughts you might not even know you had. Don’t head straight to the business section—a visit to the fiction or even the magazine rack can leave you invigorated with new and alternative ways of thinking. Break the monotony of monitor-only reading!
—Ross Resnick, Roaming Hunger
5. Be a kid again.
I often find myself becoming so entrenched in work that I forget what made me happy as a kid. Switch off completely and learn to “play.” Burn an hour playing your favorite video game, throw a Frisbee in the park with friends, play sports, practice a musical instrument—anything that you enjoyed doing as a kid will make you feel liberated and relaxed. Whatever you do, don’t feel guilty doing it!
—Alex Miller, PosiRank LLC
Be it summer, winter, spring or fall, meditation can help you recharge your batteries at any given time. Meditation helps you increase focus, enables a relaxed state of mind, reduces anxiety and stress, and increases creativity and compassion. And it’s all backed by science.
—Rahul Varshneya, Arkenea LLC
7. Take a workcation.
Let’s face it—it’s tough for an engaged owner to disconnect from the business. Sometimes I’ll make a point to go to someplace new and interesting to make new business connections, and I’ll find time to enjoy the new scenery. Sometimes it can be as simple as exploring a new city within driving distance. This way I’m attempting to balance work and leisure.
—Tim Maliyil, AlertBoot
Aside from a healthy sleep cycle, regular exercise is one of the best ways for business owners to recharge their batteries. Running a business is mentally and emotionally exhausting; a psychological and social marathon. Exercise is a perfect way to escape all of that for a bit, and doing it regularly is key to keeping your mind running smoothly. Sweat out all that built-up stress.
—Dusty Wunderlich, Bristlecone Holdings
9. Listen to audiobooks.
I’ve recently fallen in love with audiobooks. Whether I’m on a run, drive or a flight, they have done wonders to renew my excitement in marketing. I’m kind of a nerd and love studying about marketing tactics and consumer behavior. Now I have an exciting list of over 100 action items that will keep me busy for the year!
—Josh Sprague, Orange Mud
10. Attend an unrelated conference.
I love going to conferences that aren’t necessarily targeted toward my own niche. I find so much energy and inspiration for my business from people who are doing things that are just a bit different than what I’m doing.
—Allie Siarto, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography
11. Hire an office masseuse.
Massages are a great way to relax. As a special incentive for employees, hire a masseuse for the summer who works all day or during certain hours once a week. You and your employees can recharge your batteries. We offered this and it was a hit!
—Tamara Nall, The Leading Niche
Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprising the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.