Summer is here (yay) but it is going to be gone before we know it. Every September, I tend to look back over my summer and think, what did I do for the past 3 months? Nothing? Today, I want to share my 5 tips to ensure you have a productive and memorable summer.
Make a bucket list
Making a list of things you want to do/accomplish this summer is the first step. By creating a list, you have something to reflect on at the end of the summer. Some of the items don’t have to be specific, like: work out more, read a book. Some of the items may be specific like: go to the beach with your family, write 3 blog posts a week. By writing down a list (and not just making one in your head) you can hold yourself accountable for how much you really accomplish.
Start new habits
Summer is a great time to start any new habits. Becoming a morning person, reading a daily devotional, writing letters to old friends, what ever habit you would like to start, go for it! The age old rule is it takes 30 days to make something a habit, so start now and by fall it will be a part of your normal routine. I want to be a healthier person, by creating healthy habits like working out, and cooking at home during the summer, when I have extra time.
Traveling is one of the best ways to make new memories. You don’t need to plan a big fancy trip (but those are always fun), even short day trips will make your summer feel like an actual break. Matt and I love going to Virginia for the weekend to visit his mom. Or even staying in your city but doing tourist activities is also a great way to have fun! There are many free or inexpensive activities you can do in almost any city.
Wake up early
It is so easy to sleep the summer away. I know we all love to sleep in, and I’m not saying you need to wake up with the birds, but set a realistic wakeup time for yourself. I try to wakeup before 8am, even on the weekends. When I wake up earlier I find I am able to get so much more done. Because I don’t get much blogging work done in the evening because I am spending time with Matt, the mornings is my blogging time.
I feel a little guilty about writing this part because I know this is an area I need to work on myself. I tell myself it’s “okay” to always be on my phone aka Instagram because it’s my job.. but still even I need to unplug sometimes. Summer will be gone before you know it, and you want to remember more than the latest snapchat stories you saw. Have fun with social media, but don’t let it control your summer.
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