I hear you: summer is a time to relax the schedule and not have to be so time-driven. I completely agree! This is the time of year when (hopefully) you don’t have to adhere to a relentless schedule.
BUT, hear me out: having fun takes planning too. You don’t want to fall into the summertime trap of, “What do you want to do?” “I dunno, what do you want to do?” Whether it’s with your friends, your kids out of school, your partner or just your own personal plans; make some plans and preparations to have fun this summer! Here are some tips:
~ Come up with ideas for things to do in your area or surrounding region and classify them by the amount of time they will take (an hour, half a day, a full day, a weekend, a week) and/ or by the amount of money required (lunch and entrance fees, a short road trip, a long road trip, flight and accommodation).
~Make brief plans of what each will entail, just so you have some logistics pre-planned. For example, write a list of things to take with you to the beach/ lake/ mountains or for a day out with your family. This will shorten the lead time for preparations.
~ Keep these lists in your planner or notebook, so they are easily accessible. Alternatively, you can keep the activities lists on a whiteboard in the kitchen so everyone can see them and add their own ideas.
~When you are looking for something fun to do, pull out your list of options. Decide what to do based on your available time and/or funds.
~ My list of things to do (which I have color coded by distance away from my house) has been great when we have visitors who don’t know the area well. I can give them examples of things to do, including how long it will take to get there (a few minutes, an hour, an entire day out). Then they can decide for themselves how they want to spend their time and what they want to see and do.
How do you make plans to have fun in the summertime without having to create a structured schedule?