When you were young, you slowed down in summer; you caught fireflies, had time to move beyond day to day routines, drank lemonade, and, you played. Basically, summer was a time to recharge, refuel and renew. Things at the office are a little more relaxed in the lazy, hazy days of summer as well. It’s a great time to renew your spirit, mind and body.
Actions, input and experiences that have nothing to do with your job can reduce the chance of burn out and stress. Even better, they give you a different perspective that filters into your performance at work. New learning and experiences have been proven to jumpstart creativity and improve your productivity. There’s actually a good reason for kicking back and trying new things! Here’s how to go about it!
Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by The 99U Book Series with Jocelyn Glei
Start with Why or Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones)by Nataly Kogan
Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip and Dan Heath
Relentless Optimism: How a Commitment to Positive Thinking Changes Everything by Darron Donnelly
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's Howby Daniel Coyle
Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise
Love Your Work with David Kadavy. He interviews business leaders and behavioral scientists on matters of motivation, creativity, productivity, and everything in between.
The Tony Robbins Podcast. Tony focuses on living an extraordinary life and shares the key secrets to success in business and life.
Beyond the To-Do List. This show is about learning to make the best decisions when it comes to projects, tasks, and goals. The productivity lessons will help you lead a more meaningful life, one episode at a time.
Personal Best with Rob Norman and Andrew Norton.
One of the funniest podcasts around. Rob and Andrew help those who want to better themselves or overcome personal foibles.
Back to Work. This award-winning podcast is about everything from communication skill development to work barriers, this show knows just what you need to get a step up in your career.
Hidden Brain by NPR science correspondent, Shankar Vedantam, illustrates the unconscious patterns behind human behavior using psychology and neurobiology.
Windows Weekly deals with everything Microsoft-related.
The Communication Guys Podcast by Tim Downs and Dr. Tom Barrett This podcast teaches timeless, universal principles and applies them to all forms of communication: spoken and written, personal and public, platform and small group.
In This is Actually Happeningyou are given the firsthand account — with zero commentary — from someone who has experienced something life-changing, devastating, and oftentimes unbelievable.
Working. Slate’s podcast revolves around what Americans actually do at work, digging into the minutiae of their day-to-day lives.
99% Invisible. This podcast about design makes you appreciate what goes into the big and small decisions that shape the world we live in, from the color of hotels to camouflage and parentheses around area codes.
Good Job, Brain! This program offers quizzes, offbeat trivia, and “random awesomeness” that serve as “Nutrition for the Brain.”
You can also refresh, renew, refuel, and recharge at the 2018 Administrative Professionals Conference. And EVEN BETTER, you can polish your professional skills, delve into your personal strengths, network with peers from across North American and around the globe and choose from more than five dozen learning sessions! Do yourself a favor and look into joining more than 1500 of your colleagues.