Time Management Tips for the Summer

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When you were a child, the arrival of June meant one thing: Freedom! Fun, camp, adventures, and lazy days stretched to the horizon and responsibilities and deadlines became a thing of the past. As an adult with a full time job, June now means something different: Nothing at all! Your early mornings are just as early! Your working hours are just as long! And unless you schedule a sanctioned vacation with your boss’s explicit permission, you’re not going anywhere. So how can you manage to keep your work responsibilities on track while seemingly every other person in the world (including your own children) runs out the door and into to sun? Here are a few tips that can help.

Plan way, way ahead.

Know exactly what you’ll be doing during the final week of the school year and the week immediately after. These are the most important two weeks of the year when it comes to keep your job and your sanity and executing a smooth summer transition. If you’ll need to schedule full time day care, start working out the details several weeks in advance, and if you’ll be relying on friends or family members. Give them ample lead time so they can commit or change their minds as necessary.

Get ready to use some PTO days unexpectedly.

Things happen. Let’s face it. And despite your best laid plans, there’s still a strong chance that grandparents, nannies, daycare centers and helpful neighbors won’t be able to come through as expected during the final moments. If you have every wheel in place and you find yourself unable to leave your child as planned during the first few days of the summer, get ready to rely on yourself as a back-up caregiver until the details are worked out.

Keep your phone charged.

If you plan to leave your child home alone for the first time, stay accessible. Try to remain a phone call away if, for some reason, the key sticks in the lock or a toilet overflows or something doesn’t go as planned and your child needs to be walked through a tough spot. Every new experience comes with some bumps, bruises, and lessons. Just be ready to handle them from a distance if you need to.

Keep the schedule flexible.

Avoid scheduling high stakes meetings, travel, sales calls or leadership responsibilities that require your physical presence during these precarious weeks. Booking expensive tickets that can’t be cancelled or scheduling a critical meeting with a new client might be flirting with trouble. If you have to do this, try to distribute the responsibility so someone else can step in if you need to be elsewhere during the crucial day or hour.

Ask for flexibility and support when you need it.

If you need something from your boss, teammates, or direct reports during this disruption, ask for it. Don’t assume that others will doubt your trustworthiness or dedication to the company. Reasonable, rational people understand that your job represents one aspect of your life, not all of it, and that teamwork is essential to success. Be honest and take care of yourself so you have what it takes to give the company your best.For more time management and work-life balance tips during the busy summer months, reach out to the career development team at MyPerfectResume.