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Work/Life/Balance: Spring Into Action

By Mandy Volpe


As the weather takes a turn for the better, here’s how to keep up with that to-do list 

The days are getting longer and warmer, and before you know it summer will be here offering so many distractions you’ll find yourself drowning in work if you keep heading to the pool. But, there are ways to enjoy the beautiful weather while still accomplishing your work to-do list, if you have a game plan. Here are three tips to “spring into action” and not get lost in the “summer daze.”

Work early bird hours. You’re on the sun’s schedule now. So get up early and enjoy it! If you start work at 7 a.m. and wrap up by 3 p.m. you’ll still have worked a regular eight-hour day and have plenty of daylight to enjoy other seasonal activities that you would have missed out on otherwise.

Find a new work desk. Just like kids heading to camp, sometimes a change of pace can do you good and make you feel like you are getting some excitement to the workday, which will motivate you to keep at it. One option is to invest in temporary co-working spaces that offer a different kind of office shared by other like-minded professionals—who knows, you could even make a business connection! Rent one for the entire season, or if you’re in Chicago, you can try a new app called Deskpass ( that offers a membership plan to reserve a new space every day or week, however often you’d like to switch it up.

Schedule a team-building activity or mini outing regularly. Who says only kids can go on field trips? Treat your team or clients to a fun activity that will get you away from the office for just a few hours but also rejuvenate that creative spark that could help inspire a current project that has hit an impasse. There are so many options to choose from—arts classes, improv workshops, culinary cook-offs—but even more compelling could be adding in a charitable mission. Try a company like Team Bonding ( that can set up group programs like charity bike builds, assembling care packages for the homeless, even volunteering at dog shelters. Doing good for others could pay back for you, too.