Here’s to living an unstuck summer — three months of heightened promise to do what we love most. The definition varies for each of us. Learning to water ski? Biking cross country? How about drying your sheets in the sunshine?
Whatever your idea of summer is, we want you to have at it — without nagging obstacles, real and imagined, that can sabotage your pleasure. So in the spirit of we-all-deserve-this, here are five ways to make sure you don’t miss out.
1. Fun and time off are a requirement of being your best self. So why do we feel guilty about it? Overblown sense of responsibility? Maybe. More likely it’s a fear that people will think less of us, especially our employer. The truth is, you’ll work better if you take time to relax. “Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body,” reported Tom Kreider in the New York Times.
2. Work — and play — with what you have. The picnic doesn’t need to be perfect. No one expects you to look like a swimsuit model. You don’t have to travel far or stay in the penthouse. When the plan doesn’t fully pan out, enjoy what is. Laugh at the mishaps.
3. It’s easy to procrastinate on the hard stuff. Ironically, a lot of us are just as good at avoiding relaxation, too. So make it your job to come up with the one thing that will help you feel like you had a real summer. Then commit to doing it by blocking out time on the calendar. Perhaps enlist a friend to join you.
4. In between your summer traditions, try something new. It could be anything. Meeting the shy neighbor. Mastering Canasta. Bottom line: Discovery makes us feel more alive.
5. On a highly practical note, travel early in the morning or late at night (sitting traffic is a major buzzkill). And don’t forget the sunscreen.
15 ways to stop procrastinating
When you catch yourself putting off the fun, use our Stop Your Procrastination Tip Cards for the nudge you need…because summer is too short.