We have officially rolled into the summer months, and have been for quite some time, which can only really mean one thing, some boredom, lots of scrolling through social media and an overall laziness, especially if you zero clue on how to spend your time. As someone who is planner and planning obsessed I just could not wait to spring into action and find ways to spend my time and come up with a bunch of new ideas.
“It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
6 Ways To Be Productive In Summer
Step 1: keep a planner
You may be out of work/education or any other usual activity but that doesn’t mean life itself stops. Keeping a planner is especially important if you want to see where your time goes, it’s common in the summer to wake up, laze around and then wonder where the entire day went. And if you are still in work or engaging in other activities, then it’s a bonus to see where you have free time so you can utilise this more effectively.
Step 2: Have a summer routine(s)
Similar to keeping a planner, it’s also important to have some sort of routine(s), even of it’s just a rough estimate of how you want your day to be (check out my post on My Ideal and Productive Day). Once you’ve established how you want your mornings and evenings to go, it becomes much easier to pencil in things to do during your free time.
Step 3: Learn something new/learn a new skill
Those of you, who like me don’t have a summer job or anything else that can fill up your 9-5 hours then consider learning something new. I talked about this in my previous posts but there’s an infinite amount of knowledge in the world that it’s impossible to run out of things to do. For example, this can range from learning a language to taking up woodwork or even joining a few free online courses. It’s so much easier than its ever been to develop your skills, and a bonus being that you have all this free time over the summer to fill up.
Step 4: Declutter your home
As much as I am an advocate for spring cleaning and fresh, new starts I also think that summer time is the perfect time to properly declutter your home, I’m not just talking about dusting or wiping down surfaces, I mean a more intense emptying out drawers and giving things away/throwing things away that you longer need or are useless. We all have those pesky miscellaneous items that we’d be much better off without, plus we’d get more space in our homes.
Step 5: Adopt/refine self care habits
I don’t know about you but during the year when I’m busy running around and studying or working I find it hard to actually wind down and relax. So having the summer to yourself is a good time to figure out what self-habits work for you and to refine ones that you’d like to keep. For example, I love hot chocolate I consider it a treat since I’m not much of a tea or coffee fan, when I was super stressed I barely had time to make it for myself but since I still want to keep this habit, I’ve decided to make myself a hot chocolate everyday either with my breakfast or later on during the day. The same goes for other habits I’m trying to keep on top of too such as yoga and meditation.
Step 6: Spend more time with yourself
Now I’m not advocating that you spend your entire summer alone but whenever you can keep a balance leaning more towards nurturing the relationship you have with yourself. I tried this for the first time last summer and it was incredibly eye-opening, I found myself delving in negative thought patterns and carrying out some pretty self-damaging behaviours that I was shocked. It wasn’t until I realised how awful the behaviours were that I decided to change them. It’s easier said than done and I still consider this relationship a work in progress.
“Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks—cutting loose debris that’s impeding forward motion.”
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