Summer’s here and we are ready to let go of all our routines and structure. It’s tempting to throw caution to the wind and let go of all routines. There’s a lot of distractions, including weeks that alternate between vacation and work. But wait just one minute! Maybe our routines help us live a life that includes all we value. Here’s how to set up a successful Summer routine.
Keep just enough structure
Not enough sleep and eating junk food is not good for anyone. Keep the basic structure in place this summer. Sleep on your regular (yes, regular or improved!) schedule. It’s best for your body and brain to have a regular bedtime and wake time for you to do your best. Eat all the amazing veggies that summer offers. A healthy meal, three times a day, keeps you energized. These are foundations for feeling good and working at high energy.
Keep just enough organization
Your desk and work don’t need to be completely unhinged during the summer. Keep your desk and papers orderly throughout the summer to be productive. Keep your calendar up to date throughout the year in order to be where you need to be and get stuff done. Basic organization applies no matter the season.
Keep off your devices
You head off for vacation and head off of your email and devices. It’s good to have a catch up time before you return to work, however it’s time to really disconnect to maximize your time away. Return home a day in advance to prep for the jolt back to reality. That’s the time to reconnect, not during your time away.
Keep your kiddos busy enough
Your kiddos benefit from alternating busy and slow weeks. As you set up your summer kiddo schedule, give them time to be at home and be at camp. By alternating, your kiddos will appreciate the time to sleep in and time to stay busy. A little boredom can be good for your kids.
More and more research is showing the negative effects of too much screen time. Set structure to your kids time on all devices to be sure their summer sets them up for success.
Keep trying something new
Summer’s a grea time to try new stuff! While it’s easy to slow down during the summer, new sports, new reading, new activities are ready to try. Keep trying someting new this summer. Swim team, reading, and other small ways kids start something new add to their confidence and knowledge.
Ready to try a new summer routine? Start now with a family meeting and you are ready to get started this summer.