Summer productivity


Gracie Huebner

A guide to reducing summer boredom.

Gracie Huebner, Reporter

In 2018, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago reported that less global economic output was produced during years with hotter weather. In simple terms, the hotter the weather, the more difficult it is to stay on top of productivity. If you find yourself more lethargic than usual during the dog days of summer, simple productivity tips may be able to boost your energy and perhaps reduce boredom. 

Get sleep

With increased daylight hours, vacations and other social activities, sleep may come across as a secondary thought. However, setting a reasonable/consistent sleep schedule and wake-up alarm can reduce unnecessary wasted time and boredom. One can improve their sleep by cooling down their room with AC, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, etc. Most doctors recommend thermostat temperatures between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit for the most comfortable sleep. Additionally, exercise, reduced late-night phone usage and even taking showers before bed (if it works for you) are all methods that can possibly improve sleep quality. 

Move naturally throughout the day

Five places in the world are designated with the title “Blue Zone.” These places include Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California. Blue Zones are regions with the most centenarians in the world, and many factors as to why this is include diet, happiness, familial values and good lifestyle choices. Most centenarians are reported to move naturally every 20 minutes each day as opposed to exercising intensely for a period of time and then resting for the remainder of the day. Natural movements can include taking a walk, doing your laundry, making your bed, etc. As simple as they seem, performing these tasks with intentional purpose can be a big deal in terms of long-lasting fitness. After all, centenarians generally practice this. 

Set challenges

Challenging yourself not only reduces boredom but can also serve as a form of fun self-competition. Try reading a book over summer to stimulate your post-school brain. Even by reading a few pages a day, you may be surprised how fast those habits can get you through a book. Organizing your room over summer can also reduce boredom, and perhaps you may find a new style of your liking. Whatever the activity may be, it doesn’t hurt to try new things over summer. After all, you may end up finding a new passion, skill or hobby you never knew you had.