It's not just you -- the summer slump is real. A study by Captivate Office Pulse found that productivity can tank by a full 20% during the months of sunshine and swimming pools. It makes sense, of course. You could be looking forward to a vacation, which makes it hard to focus on the task at hand. Or, that friend who has summer Fridays -- even though you don't -- somehow convinces you to cut out early. Whatever the excuse, you might not be achieving the best possible version of yourself. And while I'm all for taking time off for recovery, when it's time to go to work, you've got to commit.

Accountability is one of the best ways to increase your productivity. The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone else. You can achieve the same results by making a public declaration of this goal -- and the associated progress -- via a blog or social media post.

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