Maximize Your Summer with these 5 Tips

How is it that the summer days are longer, but they seem to pass by more quickly?

Memorial Day weekend holds so much promise. Camping trips to take, patios to sit on, rivers to raft. And then BOOM. Next thing you know it’s Labor Day and school starts. Party’s over. 

Is it just me?

If you always feel like summer is over before it even gets started, here are five things you can organize now to give you more time to soak up the sun.

  1. Make a summer bucket list. Include trips, classes, concerts, or any projects you’ve put off that you want to tackle. Need inspiration? Here are 80 ideas from Bucket List Journey that will make you feel warm sun on your cheeks and cold ice cream in your mouth. Or if you’ve got the travel bug, check out these city-specific ideas from BuckiTDream.
  2. Hold a family meeting to compare and coordinate what everyone wants to do in one schedule so no one gets left out. One of our favorite Aps is Cozi, the must-have organizer for families. It helps coordinate and communicate everyone’s schedules and activities, track grocery lists, manage to do lists, plan ahead for dinner, and keep the whole family on the same page.
  3. Your summer schedule may change, but keep the things that feed your soul a priority. Date night, self care, workouts. Whatever it is, you can get everything in if you put it on the calendar. Even if it’s pared down from your usual schedule, don’t let the things you care about slip for weeks at a time.
  4. Set up an outdoor area for yourself.  If you’re lucky enough to have your own outdoor space clean it up. Refill the gas tank on the grill. Stock up on BBQ sauce and marinade. If you have access to a communal outdoor area - you can prepare too.  Stop spending time going up and down in the apartment elevator and more time outside with this Maverick Accessory Kit and tool box to store and transport your greasy grill tools and accessories. 

5. Be like Goldilocks - plan enough, but not too much. It’s summer after all, time to be spontaneous, relax and refresh. Don’t plan out every evening, every hour, and every weekend so you’re open to last minute bike rides, hikes, evenings on the patio or walks in the park with friends.

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