The summer months have quickly flown by and now we are in August. Where has the time gone? August is a bittersweet month full of fun gatherings, good weather, and preparations of school and work for the fall. Many are taking their vacations before the temperature drops and holiday planning begins. So before we say our goodbyes to the summer, I have 5 tips that will help you make the summer season your best one yet.
1. Clear your schedule to do something different
August is possibly the slowest month as far as commitments and events due to it being the end of summer. This gives us a reason to slow down and evaluate our needs. Many Americans do not take advantage of the required vacation days or personal days at work. Commit to taking a personal day if possible and do something out of your regular routine. Try to do an activity that you wouldn’t normally have time for. Every summer I make a list of places I would like to visit in NY and try to do at least one or two things on that list. Go to a museum, beach, or take a weekend trip. Take advantage of free or low-cost events in your area. Don’t wait around for a vacation opportunity outside your area to relax and have fun. It’s the perfect time to do something you’ve been meaning to do for yourself so be intentional about doing that thing.
2. Take some time to reflect on the year so far
When arranging your summer schedule to take some time out for yourself, try to go somewhere alone for 20 minutes at least to reflect on the year so far. The last weeks of summer is a great time to go outside and sit with a journal and write. I have done it a few times before fall season creeps in at Central Park. I take a small notebook and write poems, thoughts that come to mind, and blog ideas. It helps me to notice how I truly feel, if changes need to be made and what I would like to do in the future.
Commit to reflect on the year this month if you haven’t done that and take a moment to evaluate and write down how you feel, what you would want to change, how you have improved and what is important to you. This is the time before a new season begins, and in the school/holiday season, it becomes harder for many people to have quiet time. Although it may seem difficult to then lay the foundation for the future months in fall and winter. What matters the most to you? Are you doing things to show that?
3. Start that passion project
It’s good to go on vacation and hang out with friends and family. People loosen up their schedules and prioritize socializing with others during the summer. Those things are great but sometimes our personal goals start to take a back seat. Have you been feeling overwhelmed and undervalued in other areas of your life? Well, a passion project might be your answer. If you have neglected a project or activity that you constantly dream about because of time, try to commit at least 15 to 30 minutes a few times a week to it.
A few weeks ago I found myself disappointed because I wasn’t consistently blogging at much I would have liked. I have so many ideas from a year ago that I have neglected to work on. So I started to commit to writing out goals and ideas for at least 15-20 minutes a few times a week throughout the last weeks of summer. I love writing and video editing. So I have seen firsthand how tapping into my creative outlets have helped me feel more joyful and fulfilled.
Be intentional with your time and focus on things that you are passionate about and that light a spark within in you. Work on the projects that make the world a better place and blesses others. This will give you the energy you need to be a better spouse, family member, friend, etc. that you can be.
4. Try to implement new routines and habits
Want to get your dream morning routine going? Want to start meal planning or exercising? Or maybe you want to get on a proper sleep schedule. This is the time to implement a good routine so that you can better execute those goals you made in January. Don’t give up on your personal goals. Make a challenge for the last few weeks of August and track your habits on a chart. At the end of the month, reward yourself. It may be easier to wait to until the night before school starts to get yourself on a proper sleeping schedule but it will difficult to go by. List what your dream routine would be and what habits you would like to implement. Focus on one or two this month. I started to read 20 minutes a day throughout the week this summer and I have seen so many positive results by creating this habit in my personal life.
5. Read a good book
Many people love to make summer reading list for themselves. There isn’t much required reading in the way so someone is able to read a book that they have on the shelf but have never had a chance to read. The weather is nicer so there is also the ability to go to the library to find a good book for free. Throughout the year, I read mostly self-help books or Christian living books. In the summer months, I love to switch things up and read a fictional story to loosen things up a little bit.
If you are not a reader just get an audiobook on a topic you’ve want to read up on. I believe that a good book gives back to you and changes your perspective. It can also relax your mind. When school and work start to pick up, it’ll be much harder to devout time to a book you would like to read. So try to read a book at least 15 minutes a day in the morning or at night this month. I’m positive it will impact your life for the better.
What is something you would like to do before the summer ends? Let me know in the comments below.
The best is yet to come,