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  • Jasmine Heesaker

4 quick tips to help you make the most of your summer, and maybe even get a tan!

The image below is what inspired me to write this post... As translators, we spend a lot of time indoors, it's just a simple reality. However, we don't have to feel cooped up indoors and end up overworking ourselves. We too can enjoy the outdoors and maybe even enjoy this elusive thing people call the "sun."

1. Take an actual vacation

This may sound obvious, but there are so many freelancers out there that don't know how to sit still. Don't feel that you have to stay cooped up inside all summer and not get out and enjoy the good weather. Many of us, myself included, live in parts of the world where we have to endure cold long winters. Take advantage of the extra long days and warm sunlight. Taking the time to separate yourself from your work and focus on your family and friends is SO important.

2. Get moving

Don't stare out longingly from your office window at the beautiful sunshine. You are allowed to take breaks! Take a quick walk around the block, sit out in the backyard or patio or move your daily dose of exercise outdoors. It doesn't have to be long, and your body will thank you for the great boost of vitamin D. It's amazing what just 15 minutes can do! It may be just what you need to refocus your attention and get back to grinding out that translation magic.

3. Change things up

Summer is the perfect time to change up your usual routine. With patios open around every corner, sunny docks and beachside cafes within driving distance, there is no excuse to not try and take your work somewhere else for a change. That is the beauty of freelancing after all, is it not? I know that my creativity, mental health and overall well-being really benefit from changing up WHERE I work.

4. Network

There is always so much going on in the summer, so it is no wonder that I think it is the best time to get out there and mingle. Festivals, conventions, trade shows, you name it! Use the summer months to focus on professional development. We all need a break from pumping out translation after translation. Who knows, improving your skills and growing your network may just make the rest of your year even more productive!

What do you enjoy doing the most in the summer? Let me know in the comments below!

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