Summer schedule changes can wreak havoc, unless you acknowledge the change and do things differently. Before the summer started, we had a regular flow to our workdays, a regular time we got involved with children or grandchildren, some sort of regular patterns to our days. As summer approached, we planned graduation parties, vacations, camping, or activities. Parents, small business owners, grandparents, corporate employees: Whatever your role is, we all feel the energy difference and we all are fussing with different schedules.
Acknowledge the Difference
The problem is that we often don’t plan for it, and then try to squeeze in time for vacations, breaks … Our time is splintered; there are too many pieces to our pie chart of a day’s schedule.
Not to mention the summer spirit. When you walk out of your home office, onto your deck, and it is oh, so difficult to get your seat back into that office chair!
3 Ways to Organize and Plan Your Time – Differently
Use your calendar – even though it’s summer
- Many people drop calendar use in the summer, because the work schedule(s) of parents change based on the children’s or grandchildren’s activities. Bring it back into play. You don’t need to use your calendar as strictly as you probably do the rest of the year, but some structure will ease your days and make the Fall schedule to roll back into as well.]
- Add “reset” or “settling in” time to your vacations: Block out vacations on the calendar, and at the same time, add a day before and after for re-entry, so you’re settled before you start your daily schedules again.
- Don’t wait to know everything: Block out what you DO know about your children’s schedules (camp, school, activities) or your grand-children’s babysitting schedules or your other job you take during the summer since you’re a teacher. See what you have so far so you can make intentional choices about how much more to add.
It’s creative time for small business owners!
- If your business slows down a bit, think about the possibilities. What planning, reflecting, brainstorming or creating can you do during this time? If you plan to launch a program in the Fall or even into January, programs take time; why not get some of the work done over the summer, or at least the creative thinking.
- Systems work: Is there something which you find frustrating or inefficient? Create your new system while you have a little more breathing time.
- Summer schedule: Be realistic in how many work hours you can allocate. Your family is at home more often during the summer. There are vacations and family events galore. Reset your expectations about what you can handle, if you plan to capitalize on the summertime weather. Work your regular schedule OR work less or differently to incorporate more family or summer time activities, not both.
Slow down and get outside – it’s good for our brains!
- What makes you feel good about your day? Block time for yourself, even half an hour a day. A bike ride, time at the gym, reading a book on your own, taking a walk, kayaking. What is rejuvenating?
- Trying to start a new exercise/movement habit (walking, yoga, rowing)? Summer is a good time to start something new while you have a little more breathing time. Get it going and come Fall, it will be easier to figure out how to incorporate it into your changing schedule.
- Take white space in your work calendar and get outside for a few short breaks during the day. Helps with creativity and wakes up a tired mind. Take advantage of the weather.
You can do this. Think creatively, ask for ideas, use some assistance. Mainly, it’s about shifting your perspective and reorganizing your schedule.
You’ll create a summer you’ll never forget. Summertime, and the living really IS easy !
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