Summer is in full swing and packed with crazy morning schedules, busy commutes, hectic travel days, and temperatures that just keep rising. Sunny walks to get iced coffee and early happy hours are fun distractions, but they can also lead to a serious lack of productivity — aka the summer slump. We find it’s best to avoid this, and aim to make the most of the season while still staying on our game!
Not only is our Chief Veggie Officer, Jen Berliner, an expert when it comes to all things veggies, but she’s also someone we can count on to keep our small but mighty team motivated and hustling all throughout the year. We sat down with Jen to get her top three tips to avoid summer brain drain. Read on:
- Change it up: Take advantage of sunny days and busy travel schedules by switching up your work location when you can – implement walking meetings instead of sitting inside under fluorescent lights, work from a nearby coffee shop one afternoon for a change of scenery, or work remotely during longer travels if that option is available to you.
- Mix up your reading: I like to alternate fun vacation reads with more career-focused books – the physical and mental space from the day-to-day craziness of work helps me think about the big picture and really apply what I’m reading. Plus, everything is better when you’re reading it in a beach chair! My favorites so far this summer have been Normal People (fun!) and Work Rules (business).
- Start your day healthy: Warm weather means more after work drinks and post-dinner Salt & Straw vegan ice cream cones, so I like to make sure that I’m starting every work day on a healthy note with Kale Avocado with Collagen. If I’ve gotten a few servings of organic vegetables in before the morning is over, it means I’ll be feeling good and powering through the work day no matter what the evening brings!