Summer days are perfect for a summer daze. You wake up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping, the sun already shining, and the smell of fresh-cut grass wafting through an open window. Summer in Michigan is particularly charming due to a delicious cocktail of one part perfect temperatures and two parts proximity to the lake. With all the allures of summer, it’s tempting just to sit back and let your business skills waste away. Luckily, having an enjoyable summer and bettering yourself are not mutually exclusive activities. In the words of a once budding Disney Channel star, “Mix it all together and you know that it’s the best of both worlds.”
Summer is perfect for making casual connections that can turn into business connections down the road. You don’t have to be at a formal networking event, either! Summer is prime time for expanding relationships. Consider either meeting new people or taking fresh acquaintances to one of your city’s many events: golf outings, concerts, or dinner parties. Sometimes the best business relationships come from personal relationships and friendships. When fall comes around, start thinking about how to transition that summer fling into a business relationship.
Lounging by the pool doesn’t have to be unproductive. Read a great book while you get your tan on. Whether it’s about sales, networking, management or attitude, brushing up on business can be helpful well into the fall, winter, and years to come. Consider reading these worthwhile titles:
You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar by David H. Sandler
How to Be a Power Connector by Judy Robinett
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
These days, you can find just about any book in audiobook format. Before driving somewhere, order an audiobook online or check one out from your local library. This is a great way to pass the time and learn something new! Even if you only listen every time you drive to the beach, you will be learning amazing, new things on a fun summer day.
Summer is great for learning new skills in a class. Many local colleges have summer business courses. Although it may be a bit late to register now, take a look at the courses offered. Something might strike your fancy for next summer.
For a smaller investment and less planning, look to local organizations for workshops. If you’re an entrepreneur or curious about starting a business, close-to-home organizations can be one of your most useful resources. Not only are most of their events free, but they are also extraordinarily helpful.
It can be hard to find motivation in the summer (maybe your poolside book can be about finding motivation), but remember: being productive doesn’t have to be boring or take time away from your summer activities. Integration is key. With the right balance, when fall comes, and everybody around you is trying to pick up the pace, you will already have momentum!