Posted by: faultlessfinish | August 15, 2011

The August Syndrome

I’ve officially been affected by August. I’m sure most of you know what I’m talking about. The weather’s hot, patios are full, and people are enjoying the dog days of summer. The common mentality seems to be, “Everything important can wait until the fall.” More than a few friends and colleagues of mine have also said August puts them in a different head space. September, on the other hand, as I mentioned in a post last year, always feels like the start of a new year. It’s a time to set big goals and kickstart your momentum. The energy in the city is palpably different.

While it can be difficult to find the motivation to get down to serious business in August, this doesn’t mean we need to write the entire month off. August is a time to tap into creativity and passions. I’ve recently been considering starting another blog and refocusing part of my business (more info to come soon – I’ll keep you posted!). It’s a project I’m passionate about, and while it won’t make me any money immediately, there’s nothing like a new venture to keep you inspired and motivated. 

It can be tough to truly devote yourself to unpaid work, but I’ve found that because I’m more relaxed and move a little more slowly in the summer, my own creativity comes more naturally. I’ve been able to write more and think more clearly. And if you’re a freelancer, having a couple of side projects for the downtimes can help keep your business on track.

Listen to some new music, read a book about a topic you’re not familiar with, spend time outdoors, and have good conversations with friends and family – relax and go with the laid-back energy. Just be sure to keep a notebook and pen handy for when inspiration hits. Then you’ll be ready to greet September armed with new ideas and focus. And hey, maybe you don’t need to wait for September. But if you’re just not feeling totally motivated right now, stop being so hard on yourself. You’re only human.

Namaste 🙂

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  1. In the Caribbean, August and Sept. were always difficult months on our island, because tourists were scarce, most hotels and restaurants were closed, there was no business for taxis, etc., so no money coming in. This caused a lot of strife amongst the local people, more crime, physical abuse, family disputes, break-ins, even murder. Unfortunately, the rate of illiteracy in the country is over 40%, and reading and writing – or any form of creativity – was never an option for most of the people. Add unsettled weather into the mix (this is the height of hurricane season and it’s usually hot, humid, with the doldrums setting in for days at a time – actual doldrums, and no cooling breezes at all) and you have a brew that’s guaranteed to boil over most of the time. The only positive aspect to all this was I could always find a deserted beach and had plenty of time myself to be creative.

  2. We are very fortunate in Canada! Thanks for sharing this, Sue.

  3. I’ve had a lot of trouble doing work myself, which is unfortunate because my graduate program actually started in June, when most of the people I know were starting summer break. It’s definitely important to try to stay motivated even though it’s summer. Thanks for the tips on working through the August slump.

  4. Thanks for reading, Alana! I know what you mean. When I first graduated from university and started having to work in the summer while everyone else was vacationing it was a tough transition. I try to work outside as much as possible! But having flexible hours can sometimes make up for having to work in the summer.


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