I am very fortunate to have a career that affords me the opportunity to have a break every summer. Some educators get between 6 and 8 weeks off every summer – I get the month of July (I am not complaining, I am very happy to have it). Yet, I have learned through the years and lots of trial and error that if I do not come up wish some sort of goals or plan, I will completely waste my limited summer time.
I am always so thrilled when summer is approaching and I have the greatest of intentions and the most elaborate plans – most of which never blossom into fruition because I get too distracted doing other “important” summer things – such as staying in my pajamas all day, every day, and sleeping really late and surfing the internet and watching silly old movies.
This summer I am determined to get things done – these are some of the things I would like to accomplish during the month of July:
- Knit 5 baby bonnets (yes, I seem to have an abundance of pregnant staff members at the moment – they keep me busy!)
- Make two twin-sized quilts – one for each of my daughters. I have not done this for a while – their current quilts do not cover their feet when they lay them over their bodies (oops!)
- Clear out the storage room/ office so that I can give my oldest her own room (she desperately wants and needs her own space).
- Make photo albums (I am only two years behind in making albums of yearly photos.
- Get together with friends and family
- Do some work planning for August
- Laugh and play
I realize this list is ambitious, but I do hope I can cross quite a few things off it before the end of July. What do you think? What is on your summer productivity list? Is your list realistic?
Today, 241 days ’til 40, I remind myself that summer can slip away if I do not actively choose to embrace the gift of time it affords me.