Maybe you’re like me. I’m definitely a work first and play later kind of person. I just can’t seem to relax until the house is clean and the laundry is done and the items on my to-do list have been checked off. Except, I eventually realized that the items on my to-do list will never be checked off. There’s always something that needs to be done or a household project in the back of my mind. I learned that I have to plan for fun. Yep, sad as that sounds, I put summer fun on the calendar. And summer, when schedules are more relaxed, is the perfect time to squeeze in a little more fun. Here’s how I ensure that special times won’t fall by the wayside.
Plan for Summer Fun
Meditate On It
Grab a cup of coffee. Spread out a blanket under the trees. Find a quiet spot to dream about what your ideal summer would be. For many of us, schedules slow down in the summer. School time volunteering obligations cease. You now have the gift of more time. Don’t fritter it away. What do YOU want to do this summer? Gretchen Rubin recently talked about designing your summer on her Happier podcast. Give it a listen. Maybe it will inspire you.Find a quiet spot to dream about what your ideal summer would be. Click To Tweet
Gather the Family
Summer fun should include everyone! Perhaps each person in the family has personal goals and “bucket list” items for the summer. Once I purchased a bucket for each member of my family from The Dollar Store. I gave them a piece of paper and a pen and asked them to write their summer bucket list. I taped their list onto their bucket and it made an adorable display and visual reminder to make time to accomplish your dreams. If the kids need ideas, check out this summer bucket list for kids.
Perhaps you can work on some of these items together. That would make the summer much more memorable. Wouldn’t it be fun-and a wonderful memory-to keep a summer bucket list journal?
For example, I saw this adorable idea on Pinterest to create an outdoor sign containing favorite books. The picture is below. Anyway, we are HUGE readers in our family. So I asked each family member to paint a sign about one of their favorite books we read when they were little. I read out loud to them a lot. We have family nine hours away by car that we visit often. The result is garden art that we made together and that will always be dear to me. (Apparently my daughter needs to re-do her Prince Edward Island sign-a testament to the much beloved “Anne of Green Gables.”)
Grab Your Calendar
Here’s where planning makes perfect. Having a “bucket list” is not enough. Those experiences will never actually happen if you don’t make the time. Grab your calendar and block off time during the day if you are at home with your children, or in the evenings and on weekends. Set these plans in stone. When someone asks you to a movie, or lunch date, check your calendar first. Work those everyday events around your dreams, not the other way around. Trust me, if you don’t, those items will never be checked off your list and at the end of the summer you’ll be asking yourself “What did I do this summer?” That has happened to me and it’s a sad feeling. Now, at the beginning of summer I always put summer fun on the calendar.
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What is on your bucket list this summer? I’d love to hear about it. I’m sure you’ll inspire me with all your creativity.
Have a happy summer!
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