It’s summer and then, before you know it, it’s fall. I don’t know what it is about this particular season, but it goes by so fast. Summer is a great time to plan a few projects around the home, the days are longer, the weather is nicer, and you're more motivated to get things done! We all start off with great intentions and with a little planning, those intentions can become reality!
Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when planning out your summer:
1) Pick only one project to focus on - I think it’s great to have a list of things to get done; however, when it comes to taking action, I think it’s best to focus on one project at a time. This will increase your chances of completion and you will see progress faster. And, when you see things getting done, it increases your momentum and motivation to continue.
2) Work when you feel your best - You will get more done in a shorter period of time when you work during the times you feel your best. Trying to force yourself to do something when you lack the energy is never any fun. Most likely you will find something better to do and avoid the project all together, which is exactly what you want to avoid.
3) Schedule and plan out your work sessions - Saying your going to get something done over the weekend usually doesn’t happen if you don’t go into the weekend with some intentional planning. Check your calendar and schedule the time you want to work. Make it a priority and don’t let it compete with other tasks unless it's a real emergency.
4) Work in small amounts of time - When you schedule out your session, look for minutes not hours at a time to work. When you look for hours, you could be looking for a long time, plus it’s overwhelming. Working for only 30 minutes at a time is a lot less daunting than committing to something for four hours.
5) Expect things will take longer than you expect - Growing up, my mom used to tell me things always take longer than you expect and usually cost more money than you think. I've found that to be so true! If you think something is going to take an hour, expect it to take 2-3 hours. If it gets done sooner, then great, if it doesn’t, that’s ok because you expected it take longer anyway!
Speaking of summer, over on the podcast this week, I talk about four other suggestions to make it a great one.
Here is a quick preview:
2) Family Meeting - I talk about different ideas on setting up a family meeting so everyone knows what to expect with the summer schedule.
3) Don’t Overbook - Find suggestions on how to say "yes" to things that matter and "no" to everything else.
4) Don’t Forget to Relax - You'll get lots of ideas on how to really relax while you are on vacation.
To listen to the full episode, click here…
In addition the topics above, I wanted to add few extra resources on how to make the most out of the summer months:
I will be taking some time off in July to spend time with family and recharge myself! We will back to our weekly podcast and blog posts in August. This is a great time to catch up on past episodes and blog posts.
And if getting organized is on your to do list, don’t forget to check out, Organizing Your Space Your Way, my newest online training program!
Until Next Time,