Savor Summer | 4 Tips to SOAKING In Your Summer!

About a month ago, I talked about how decluttering your digital life is an effective way to increase productivity and discover more time and space for your #inreallife.  With the summer season just around the corner, many of us are counting days till vacation and a break from the routine.  I have seen desperation in my mommy friends’ eyes as they countdown till the school commitments end.  I see a similar look in my teacher friends’ faces when they think of Memorial Day Monday.  Ah yes, the promise of Summer! The anticipation of rest, renewal, and recreation.  It’s a lot of pressure for a season that seems to go as quickly as at comes.  Perhaps we can be mindful in the remaining days of May and ponder planning a summer that truly reflects the kind of life we long to live.  Intentionality continues to weave it’s way into my monthly posts here, and today, I am sharing Four simple steps to soaking in YOUR summer!

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#1  Create a Summer Mission Statement.

Just as we set intentions and goals in our work lives, fitness regime, and most recently our digital decluttering, it  is important to visualize your upcoming summer season.  Take a few minutes to think about how you want to feel and your desired goals.  Is it to revamp your routine rut? Is it to spend more focused time with your family? Perhaps it is to finally read that stack of books beside your bed?

Think about the mood you want to set for your summer.  For some it is a long awaited rest.  For others it is about taking advantage of the slower pace by revisiting an often-ignored passion like painting or writing.  How about even following through with a long desired DIY home improvement project?

Effectively checking off those summer bucket list items means bringing them life.  This may even look like taking your thoughts to paper.  And your mission statement does have to be a la Jerry McGuire,  but try jotting a few intentions on the notes section of your phoneThese easy to access reminders are helpful in designing a season that encourages you to live by design rather than by default.  You may discover that this way of living is not just for work- flow, it yields lots of positive results in your #inreallife fun flow too!

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“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

#2 Possess your YES.

Now that you have your summer mission statement, you know what exactly is priority for you.  If an opportunity arises that does not align with your intention, you can quickly and effectively let it go. Most anything can be a distraction towards our goals.  My goodness, very very good things can completely derail us!

If your goal is to save money this summer by participating in local and free events then saying yes to an unplanned trip you can’t afford does not contribute to your deepest desire.  At the same time, if you want a summer that is full of adventure and new experiences, be alert to opportunities and invitations for this!

“Just because I was invited didn’t seem a good enough reason to attend.” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

“Will this activity or effort make the highest possible contribution toward my goal?” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

#3 “Eat the Frog first.”

I love this quote.  I have heard it in various forms and from various sources, but I believe the original credit is due to Mark Twain.  In short, the idea is that in structuring your day, you should tackle and complete your hardest task first. As your energy and time decrease throughout the day, you are free to reserve that time for less important or tough tasks.  For most of us, the summer season, does not halt our usual responsibilities. We still have our day-to-day life, obligations, and such.  The mail doesn’t take a summer hiatus so the bills still roll in, right?!  If we want to optimize our pockets of free time this summer, it is especially important to operate with the “EAT THE FROG FIRST” mindset.  Your summer may not include a paid vacation so why procrastinate on things you know you need to do just to have it hanging over your head during the precious weekends?  Revisit your mission and remind yourself of those goals.  A great tool for organizing your priorities is the https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-productivity-planner

Productivity Planner.  It is a great way to organize your must- dos so you can enjoy your can- dos!

“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities.” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

#4 Relationships Restore.

Whatever your summer plans, invest in something that will positively contribute to your life.  We need each season of the year in order to withstand, grow, and harvest a meaningful life.  Consistent throughout each is the true necessity of relationships.  Rest is good. Recreation is good. But investment in good relationships can bring restoration and healing to us.  Seek God this summer.  Seek others who seek Him.  And seek those you long to see seek Him.  When our mission includes focus and investment on these, we can count on a summer that feels renewing.

Wishing each of you a summer to savor!

Dorothy Camak makes her #inreallife home in Greenville, South Carolina—a little southern city that has stolen her heart. Online, Dorothy makes her home at www.dorothycamak.com. She is fascinated by the connecting power of conversation. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram as these conversations become a new Podcast series launching soon!

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, and of course, come back and visit again soon!

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