What’s your strategy for summer leadership?

Summer is getting closer! I’ve been enjoying visiting my garden early in the morning and taking late evening walks with my family. What have you been up to?

Last week we talked about the importance of taking time to really enjoy your summer. You and your people (and animals) should savor the beauty of the season and have fun!

While I am an advocate for lots of leisure in the summer, I also acknowledge the reality that you have work to do this summer. In fact, I encourage you to work at least a little bit this summer because you can make a huge impact on your next school year if you do.

Before you lay out a strategy for summer leadership, go back and revisit last week’s blog post. I really want you to prioritize your personal life first, at least for the few weeks of summer.

Making a plan for summer leadership depends on your situation. Some schools offer programming in the summer and others are closed. Even if you are working, summer likely has a different pace and feel. Let’s tap that potential.

There are two things you can do to make good use of your time this summer: catch up and get ahead. Both require that you set aside dedicated blocks of time to focus on these things so that you can truly make progress.

Choose a couple of days each week where you can give two to four hours at a time to a specific project. When you do a “deep dive” like this, you give yourself permission to move into a state of flow and be truly productive and creative.

It makes logical sense to dedicate the first couple of weeks to catching up and clearing space. What are the dangling, partially-complete projects from the school year? Are there things you need to get done that affect enrollment or funding? Give these things priority.

Hopefully, you won’t need more than a few weeks to clear up your unfinished work from the school year. If so, let’s talk, you need strategies. Once you wrap up this school year, you can get a jump on next year!

You only have a few precious hours this summer, so consider your projects wisely. What are the big things you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t found time to figure them out? Are there any big events, like accreditation, happening next year that are going to require extra time and attention?

Take the blocks of time you’ve set aside and give your creative juices to something that will move you or your school forward in a big way.

Want to brainstorm more ideas and strategies with me next school year? You can! You can sign up for one-on-one coaching with me and we will build your strategy for professional growth together.

Monthly phone calls paired with lots of support emails in between will give you just the right amount of extra help you need to rock your school year.

Click here to learn more. I can’t wait to work with you!

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