Time management Monday: Plan for fun this summer!

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I know, summer is meant to be spontaneous and unplanned, right? Well the truth is, when you have a busy life, fun times take some preparation and planning to make sure you get to do everything you want to do.

Make a list of everything you and your family want to do this summer. Water park? Weekend BBQ party? Trips to the beach or the mountains? Camping, biking, etc? Family events, birthdays, get-togethers –write it all down.

Then take out your planner and look at what time you have available. How much time will you be able to take off this summer? Which weekends are free?

Now start filling in the blanks. You’ll notice your free time fills up quickly. There are so many fun things to do, you’ll need to carve out the time to make sure you get to do it all.

Once you have your trips and activities scheduled in your planner, think about what you need to do ahead of time for each event. Purchasing tickets; buying, renting or borrowing equipment; researching destinations; planning who will bring what food to potlucks and get-togethers. Write these tasks into your planner in the days or weeks ahead of the event to make sure you get it all done in time.

Summer is a balance of relaxation and exciting activities. With some planning and preparation, you can have a smooth and fun-filled summer!

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