This week marks the transition from the school year to summer modes. I find I need to think through the change or I flounder, and quickly feel off kilter. The past few years, I've gotten into the habit of sitting down with the kids and setting out a plan for our summer routine. Every summer looks a little different. Understanding your priorities is an excellent first step. I have a few teenagers, and they have their agenda too. So I have some homework if I want to achieve a summer that I don't just survive, but thrive; I need to get clear. Knowing what my priorities are is a good start.
Here are a few good questions I like to start with:
How do you want to feel this summer?
How do you want to feel at the end of summer?
I want to feel in balance so I can take on the day well. I don't want to feel depleted; I want to feel like I maintained well. (This is a high priority for me.)
Name the feeling. Once named, what are the steps that need to be put in place for you to feel good?
For me, I know I need the house to stay functioning, or I will unravel into anger. Anger is a summer spoiler, so what are the list of things that I need to do each day that keeps me in my "I'm doing okay" place.
Start with a list and break down:
I'm not someone who likes a lot of structure. But without it, life is chaotic and, I begin to sink. So some basic structure is essential. Bedtime structure and eating structures are high priorities for me. A morning routine, so the house stays functioning and then allowing the afternoons for freedom and flexibility is perfect.
The trick is making sure to get everyone on board early. Give your family or loved ones the heads up. Sit down and get their input on what a successful/realistic summer routine can look like, so everyone stays at their best. Find ways to celebrate your successes along the way.
Happy Summer, being you at your best :)