For the first time in 7 years we are home for Memorial Day weekend. It feels sort of strange actually. It has been our family tradition to kick off the summer season in the Outer Banks with our beloved family friends, but with the kids getting older, it has proven more challenging to pull them out of school. This year we opted to push our vacation back a month (which turned out to be a good thing considering the cold front that is running up and down the east coast!).
Anyone who knows me will tell you that there are a few times throughout the year that I consider “new beginnings”. Obviously, January since it literally is the start of a new year; I also consider September another start since it represents the beginning of a new school year. The other benchmark for me is the start of summer. For 8 weeks, routines change, priorities change, and for many-even homes change.
I don’t know about you, but this has been a long winter. Everyone I talk to is speeding down the fast lane to burnout. Work is demanding, kids are overscheduled; the list is endless.
Like you, I have things on my to-do list that never get checked off, simply because I run out of time.
If you can relate, here are a few tips to help you get off the crazy treadmill of life-even if for a few weeks of summer:
1. Write it down. Writing down your goals immediately transfers them from just a “wish” to something do-able. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it could be organizing the kids toys, or your office, or finding time to take up a new hobby.
2. Create a Plan of Action of the steps you are going to take to make it happen. Saying you want to do something isn’t always enough. Developing the strategy of how you are going to tackle your project is important because it helps to keep you on track (ironically, this is the step that most often gets overlooked)
3. See what gives. We all know that it’s impossible to add hours in the day, so in order for you to add something new to your routine, something else may have to take a back seat for a while.
4. Ask for help. Whether you are training for a marathon, learning a new instrument, or in my case, writing a book, asking for help from an expert can help to guide you in the right direction.
5. Embrace the process. We often get so caught up in the end result that we lose sight of all the hard work it takes to get us there. Reward yourself for small accomplishments like running a mile or purging your closet.
This summer, try to step off the treadmill of life to enjoy a sunset, look at the waves, or whatever makes you happy. As we all know, time flies by in what often seems like an instant.