This summer started out like every other summer. It started with a mental list of all the things I was finally going to be able to accomplish and all the time in the world to complete it.
And this lovely summer of mine has gone like pretty much every summer before it: I’ve spent my days doing….um…well….absolutely nothing.
Unfortunately, it’s not the good, fun kind of nothing.
It would be fine if I was doing “nothing” because I was sitting around reading books and eating bonbons….or lounging by the city pool….or playing board games with the kids….or watching Pride and Prejudice over and over (oh, how I love that movie).
No, it’s the what-on-earth-did-I-do-all-day kind of nothing. That kind just makes me feel guilty.
I need to make some changes so I don’t wake up mid-August with a mental list of all the things I’m finally going to be able to accomplish once the school routine begins.
That list would basically be the same list I have now. Only guiltier.
It’s important to be intentional with my time so I can get things accomplished (like my Summer Simplify Challenge) and still have time to play. If I’m just just procrastinating the tasks that need done, I’m wasting time and not reaping the benefits of relaxation.
It leaves me stuck in some sort of weird limbo.
I’m giving myself some principles to follow to snap me out of this guilty loop and set me on the path toward a productive and fun summer. If I can feel good about my accomplishments, then I can feel even better about making special memories with the kiddos. None of the guilt and twice the fun.
LIVING INTENTIONALLY…EVEN ON SUMMER BREAK
Set an alarm. The thrill of sleeping in has turned into the fog of sleeping later than I should. I really hate wasting the quiet mornings on sleep. If I don’t set an alarm, I won’t drag myself out of bed. It’s as simple as that.
Have my quiet time early. I keep thinking that I’ll get to my Bible and prayer later in the day. It just doesn’t happen. Sad fact. If I don’t open God’s Word in the morning, the day will run away before I remember to do it.
Make a weekly calendar. I’ve been putting off writing out a weekly calendar of things to do each day. Printing out my Daily To Do List and scheduling the tasks around baseball games and dance lessons just might be the key to success.
Have a basic flow to the days. I don’t want to have a strict schedule, but a basic plan will keep me from spinning my wheels. I can be sure to complete my Morning Routine and follow my husband’s example by doing projects and chores early in the day. Then, I can use the afternoon time doing activities with my family, reading books, or working on things I enjoy.
Work for at least an hour a day. I can get a crazy amount of work done around the house in just one hour if I put my mind to it, and using a timer helps me fight the temptation to get sidetracked by email or snack foods.
Clean one thing. I don’t want to spend all my time cleaning the house (not that I’m in any real danger of that), but I can make a big impact around here by leaving each room a little better than I found it.
Follow my menu plan. I’m tempted to make frozen pizza for dinner every single day. That’s probably not a good thing. I need to follow the menu I create so it doesn’t turn into the “summer of junk”.
Do something fun with (or for) the kids. This one is the culmination of the entire list. If I’m intentional about doing all the other items, I’ll finally be able to purposefully pour myself into the people I care about. I’ll be able to serve them more cheerfully. I’ll be able to do activities with them more joyfully. And that, really, is the main goal in all of this.
HOW ARE YOU FIGHTING THE LAZY DAYS AND ENJOYING THE RELAXING TIMES? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS!