It’s June 20, the official first day of summer. For many of us, that means a change in our routines of school and work as we take our summer vacations and let ourselves play a little more than we might the rest of the year.
Summer can be a wonderful time to recharge our batteries, but it is also easy to get caught up in the summer craziness of activity after activity, forgetting about setting our intention about how we want to approach each day.
No matter what the season is, the tone of the day is actually the MOST important thing that we have control over. Do you want your summer days to be packed with activities, or with “down time,” or getting caught up on work planning, or some combination of these?
Consciously decide what the tone of your days are going to be in the weeks ahead. Name the tone and set that intention. Write it down for yourself. For example it might be “summer time chilling” … or next week at work, it might be “relaxed and productive” (notice that it doesn’t have to be either/or … make it an and!).
Getting clear and conscious about the tone that we choose to stay in is an important leadership skill in life and in our work. It is about not letting the world knock you off your intention for that day or that moment, and about not leaving room for guilt and ‘shoulds.’
What is your intention for the summer? What tone do you want today, and the rest of the week? Let us know in a comment below!
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