Yes, you read that title correctly. It is June 6th, and I already feel like I am suffering from summer project fatigue. I can name lots of reasons — the office hasn’t really slowed down, unexpected events, needing to cover for folks out on vacation — the list goes on. But, if I were to be truly honest with myself, one big reason I am already experiencing fatigue is distraction. When I start summer, I am always excited to begin updating manuals, purging files, and planning for the next year. (Truly.) But, after the first week, my plan to conquer the project list seems to have several holes, there are new projects that have made their way onto the list, and students that still want to see an advisor over the summer. It is at this moment, when I feel bit lost in my plan, overwhelmed in tasks, and begin refusing to talk about August. (It is still 50+ days away! I will savor the days!)
In one of my moments of distraction I found this video, and while it made me chuckle, the strategy presented did not seem all that feasible for my work environment.
So, I am turning to you my Student Affairs friends — how do you deal with summer project fatigue? What are your strategies for avoiding the big distractions and keeping your eyes on the prize?