I don´t know how the weather is where you are, but where I am we are in the middle of a delightfully hot stretch of summer perfection. When it´s so nice outside it´s sometimes hard to keep focused on the work you have to do when you would rather be out side riding your bike, sitting on a patio or lying on the beach. There seems to be some sort of galactic rule that your most dull and mind numbing work will correspond with the nicest days. The most surefire way to keep yourself focused during the summer would be to live and work in a house with no windows, but that may not be practical. Instead, you need to come up with other ways to stay on task.
When the desire to be doing anything other than work gets to be almost overwhelming, you really have to get creative. I find that sometimes you can make work more interesting by turning it into a game, or a completely different experience. It won´t work all the time, of course, but it´s a great way to give your mind a twist to keep it interested every once in a while. Here are three ways to make the summer more fun and productive:
1) Roll the dice — Spend a few minutes coming up with a list of 10 tasks that you would like to get done that day. To the bottom of your list add a couple of treats — maybe a quick bike ride or a chance to read a couple of your chapters of your book while lying on the lawn in the sun. Now, put a number between 1 and 12 beside each of the 12 items on your list. Finally, grab two dice and give them a roll. Do the task which corresponds to the number you roll. Don´t cheat. The fun of it and the excitement of watching the dice roll and land will make the day seem much more fun.
2) Go outside — If it´s too nice to be inside, then go outside. Find work that you can do outside, then head out to the park or the balcony or your pool deck. The change of venue will often be just the boost you need to get your drive revived.
3) Bribe yourself — Figure out what it is that you would rather be doing — sitting outside with a beer, swimming in the river, walking on the bike path — and then set yourself a time limit. Tell yourself that you can go do whatever you want to do if you get your work done by your time limit. I find that I can be especially productive when I am working towards a reward like that, especially because I know I have the self discipline to refuse myself the reward if I don´t meet the goal.