Summertiiiime, and the living is easy....
Everything does seem to slow down in the summer, as people gallivant off to far-off vacation spots (or if you live in my neck of the woods, Myrtle Beach), and bask in the sun at the public pool, aka where children spend concerningly long amounts of time without needing to use the bathroom.
But that's just one way of looking at summer –– it doesn't have to be lazy, but can actually be super productive.
Now, if you're just coming off an exhausting year of teaching, work, service, or other energy-sucking (yet fulfilling!) activities, you might already be scrolling away from this certifiably insane suggestion I've just made.
Or perhaps for you, summer months are just like any other, except you're blasting your A/C much higher, and spend longer amounts of time gazing out the window longingly.
Hold on just a sec, though. Hear me out.
Summer's arrival can actually be a reset button, no matter who you are and what you do.
IMO, we should treat June 1 like January 1.
Think about it –– everyone always does lookback reflections and goal-setting at the beginning of the year.
But everyone seems to forget about the midway point –– how far have you (not) come?
What if we took a different approach to the arrival of summer?
Instead of looking at it as the beginning of a 3-month, no-holds-barred excuse to day drink, apply way too little sunscreen, and lament hot-weather fashion options (just me?), we could see it as a way to reaffirm our commitments what we want to get out of this year.
Remember those goals you set a few months back?
"You mean that piece of paper I stuffed in a drawer in a haze of hangover regret and sauerkraut breath?"
Yep, those. Time to get 'em out again. Or at least think about them. Why?
I propose, as the season of flip-flops and constant whiffs of chlorine hits, we do the following:
>> Recharge –– Yes, rest first. You won't be able to think clearly at all if you don't take at least a little you time. Treat yo self.
>> Reflect –– What are you proud of in 2017? What has kind of sucked? Why? Have you made progress towards the things you were hoping to do this year? What helped you / stopped you? Jot it down.
(This might be a good time to whip out your journal. Don't worry, I'll wait.)
>> Recalibrate –– What do you want to do with the rest of the year? Are your goals still the same? Have they changed dramatically? Reset your intentions with all the wisdom you've gained in the last six months.
>> Reaffirm –– Once you've done all that, make yourself a new and improved plan, or tweak your old one. What do you want to have accomplished by –– gasp –– 2018? Then, break it down into chunks of actionable tasks, by month, by week, by day.
Just 'cause the sun's shining doesn't mean we have to power down on our goals. I dare you to treat summer like New Year's.
What will you accomplish in 2017: Part 2?
That's the blockbuster I wanna go see.
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Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.