How to Stay Focused at Work in the Summer

The weather is heating up and it’s starting to officially feel like summer. The warmer it gets outside, the harder it is to concentrate inside when all you want to do is be laying by a pool or at the beach. Here are a few tips on how to stay focused during the summer months.

Stay Focused in the Summer

  • Figure out the problem. Are you spending too much time planning for the weekend? Chatting too much with friends? Nail down some of the causes for losing concentration and try to fix them.
  • Eat. Seems obvious, but we tend to skip meals which causes us to constantly lose focus. Eat a good breakfast and lunch. Pack yourself snacks to keep fueled throughout the day.
  • Set yourself deadlines. Always a good way to ensure your work gets completed. Once you meet your deadline, give yourself some down time to grab lunch or take a walk.
  • Step outside. Take a 15 minute walk to enjoy the weather. Once you get back in the office you’ll feel refreshed and ready to go.
  • Don’t leave assignments for Friday. Summer Fridays are typically rushed. Don’t leave major assignments/meetings for Friday. It will be near impossible to concentrate.
  • Make the most of your weekends. Go out to brunch, go to the beach, lay by a pool. Do all the things you would love to do during the week so your weekends aren’t wasted.
  • Plan outings. Plan a rooftop happy hour after work with coworkers. Having something to look forward to after work will keep you more focused during the day.

How do you stay focused during the summer months?

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When It Rains, It Pours

When It Rains It Pours

Every week at work seems busy. But there are also those insane weeks where you feel like you can’t catch a break. This was one of them. The days seem jumbled together and looking at my to do list it feels like nothing got accomplished. The expression when it rains, it pours pretty much defines how I’ve been feeling. Both at work and in my personal life. Sometimes everything comes to a colliding head at once and you can’t seem to come up for air. Plus the hustle and bustle of the city certainly doesn’t help.

With so much on your plate, it’s easy to get lost and forget what’s most important. At moments like this, it’s vital to take time to think about what’s priority. What needs to be done immediately at work? Did you mess up on anything? What can wait until next week? What’s bothering you in your personal life that can be fixed?

Remind yourself that the clouds will pass. It’s only a matter of time.

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The 5 Most Common Intern Mishaps

Last year, we posted about common intern mistakes. As you go through your first, second or even third internship, it’s not uncommon to make mistakes. You’re expected to. Here are the 5 most common intern mishaps to avoid as you continue your summer internships.

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  • Being afraid to ask questions. Ask any and all questions. Even the ones that you think sound dumb. Most likely they aren’t and it’s better to ask questions instead of messing up an assignment.
  • Not being proactive. Show interest in what you’re working on. Ask what the assignment is for. Again, being proactive includes asking questions and showing you’re taking initiative. You don’t want to seem bored and uninterested.
  • Not checking in with your mentor. Your mentor is the one rating your performance. It’s important to let them know what you’re working on and where you are at all times. If someone else pull you into an assignment, let your mentor know.
  • Not managing up. This means you’re not communicating with your mentor and taking on too many things at once. Find out what’s priority by asking your mentor and make sure you’re managing all of your tasks properly. Managing up also means following up with your mentor if she hasn’t responded to an assignment you completed or forgot that you had a meeting.
  • Forgetting to write things down. Write everything down. Every single thing. Carry your notebook everywhere and take notes when someone is giving you an assignment. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to repeat an assignment.

What are some other mistakes interns make?

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10 Great Things About Being A Girl in New York

Here are just a few of my favorite things about being a girl in New York these days. Some of them are dorky and predictable. Some of them are sneaky. All of them are awesome.

  1. You have a living, breathing Pinterest board/Vogue spread around you – it’s called street style. I’ve stolen so much fashion inspiration from strangers on the street and nice women I meet every day
  2. When it is hot as all hell and the Finance dudes are sweating in their suits, we get easy breezy dresses and skirts. And first dibs on seats on the subway (after of course, we offer it to the other NYC chica with three toddlers)
  3. You can do yoga in your apartment as easily as you can do yoga at a top studio – either way, you do yoga and wear those yoga pants to brunch without a care in the world
  4. We have cheaper manicures, pedicures, waxes, massages and facials than almost anywhere
  5. If you’re dying to get yourself to a new museum, club or restaurant, chances are you’ll be given a chance to go there within six months – NYC opens doors
  6. When you need quiet, there is a park or a library about every 10 blocks (if not less)
  7. Eat Fro-Yo/Cupcakes/Doughnuts/Whatever the Dessert of the Month is and don’t apologize for it
  8. There is a community of girls just like you, going after their dreams. There is no reason or room to be embarrassed or ashamed of what your desires are. It’s all welcome here
  9. If you don’t know what your dreams or desires are, you will find inspiration as soon as you open your heart to it. New York will send you to the right job, the right newsstand, the right bar, the right encounter – whatever you need to find your place
  10. My favorite of all – be as much of the NYC girl cliche as a you want to be. Ride your bike in heels. Go work out for an hour then go to two hour Happy Hour. Order Seamless for 5 meals straight. We all do things here that are just “soooo New York.” So what?! That’s why you’re here, babe. Might as well live it up and own it

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