Summer is coming, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and taking the time to plan now will help you fit everything in you want to do. Here is a simple plan to make your fun-in-the-sun plans possible:
- Make a list. Start your summer planning process by creating a list of all the fun things you (and your family and friends) want to do. Do you want to go to the beach a couple times? Do you want to go to the pool at least three times a week? Do you want to go camping? Put all of your great ideas on your list.
- Set your budget. Most of the plans on your list will probably be inexpensive, but go ahead and figure out the cost of gasoline, sunscreen, gear, and fees (like park fees if you plan to camp) for all of your summer fun and make sure you’re going to have enough money to do all of the things you want to do.
- With your budget and list of ideas ready to go, pull out your calendar and schedule all of your plans. It’s a lot easier to make it to the pool a few times a week when you have these trips written in pen on the schedule. Plus, you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to do all of your great ideas, and you’ll want to spread these plans out over the entire summer.
- Don’t forget to schedule the details. You’ll need a few days to get all of your camp supplies tested, cleaned, and packed, so be sure to schedule these preparation details on the calendar, too. If you’ll need to get in a few weeks of practice before taking off on a 100-mile bike race, be sure to put all of those practice rides on the schedule.
- Hang the calendar. Keep you calendar in a prominent location so you have a wonderful reminder of all the fun you’re going to have. If you have young children with events on the calendar, review the plans with them to help build anticipation and excitement.
- Take pictures and keep a journal. At the end of the summer it will be nice to sit down with the pictures and journal and review all the fun you had. You can also make notes in the journal about plans that worked well and plans that didn’t, so you’ll have a better idea for planning next year. Also, keep a record of things you want to do next summer that you didn’t have a chance to fit in this year.
- Have fun!