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4 Simple Tips For A Productive And Efficient Summer

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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.


Ah, June: Bright sunshine, longer days, warmer temps, and the promise of carefree adventures. Indeed, summer is in full swing. I always set out with the intention of slowing down and relaxing, but in reality, summer is one of the busiest times of the year. To make the most of the season and keep things running smoothly, I implement a few actions and habits to stay productive and efficient. This helps me get more done during the day and as a perk, makes the 'back to school' transition easier in the fall.

Below I've outlined the simple steps I take to make each day more productive. Following these tips will help you and your family stay on track and make the most of your summer.

Create A To-Do List

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love lists. Having a to-do list makes it easy to see what tasks need accomplished at a glance. It helps you stay organized, focused, and ensures that you don't forget anything. I like to write out a master weekly to-do list on an index card. I also keep a notes widget on the home screen of my phone where I jot down ideas and important, needs-my-attention-right-away tasks. That one is my miscellaneous list; I even keep my grocery list there.

Choose what works best for you. Write your list out daily, weekly, or monthly on paper or use your phone. Be sure to check it often to stay on task, and enjoy the feeling of crossing items off as you complete them.

Write out a to-do list to stay organized and on track.

Write out a to-do list to stay organized and on track.

Set Three Daily Goals

Similar to a list, these goals keep you focused and allow you to feel accomplished at the end of the day. I call this "checking off the boxes." My son and I have three goals every day: Exercise, Learn something new, and Personal. These are the three "boxes" we need to check off to consider the day a success. Every morning we choose an educational YouTube video or two to watch while we eat breakfast. Then we go outside and play football for 30 minutes. If the weather isn't cooperating, we'll do yoga together. Not only do we get to spend time together, but I'm happy that he's staying active and keeping his mind sharp. Afterward, we each move on to accomplish something that aligns with our personal goals. Most days we surpass our three boxes, getting more done, but some days that just doesn't work out. Having these three goals keeps us focused and so long as we get them done, we've had a productive day.

Accomplish three goals every day.

Accomplish three goals every day.

Routines and Schedules

My son has attended an online school since Kindergarten. One reason it's been successful for us is because we stay organized. Having a consistent routine and schedule year-round is key. This prevents hassles and issues in the fall.

Five days a week, we have a set bedtime. Our morning and evening routine those days are the same. While the day itself allows for more flexibility, having those three boxes I mentioned above keeps us on track. Additionally, we keep a solid cleaning and chores schedule. This gets everything done in a timely fashion and as a result, housework never gets overwhelming.

Keep a set schedule.

Keep a set schedule.

Make Time For Fun and Relaxation

Of course, summer is supposed to be fun. My son is 13 and I know that every moment is precious. It won't be long before he's graduating high school and moving on to college. I want to make the most of our time together while he's still young. Summer break is the perfect occasion to do just that. We build time into our routine and schedule for fun.

  • Playing board games on rainy days
  • Relaxing outside
  • Watching a TV show or movie
  • Baking
  • Making crafts
  • Playing video games

We recently purchased a tent and started getting all the extras for camping. To save money, we've been camping out right in our own backyard. We also love taking family trips to our state parks.

Whatever your family likes to do for fun, be sure to add that into your schedule. There are many things you can do that are free or that cost little. Looking for ideas? Google your state to see what fun, interesting things there are to do. You might be surprised with what you find. Search Pinterest for fun games and crafts you can do at home.

Make time for fun.

Make time for fun.

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© 2021 Alyssa


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 04, 2021:

Thank you Priya!

Priya Barua on June 03, 2021:

Oh My God! Yes, schedules, routines and goals are the most important things for productivity. Summer (in the northern hemisphere) falls in the middle of the year, and all good intentions are thrown out of the window by the time the sweltering heat of June arrives. This post was a great reminder to continue working on my projects. Thanks for sharing!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 01, 2021:

Thank you Umesh!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 01, 2021:

Thank you so much Pamela!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 01, 2021:

Haha, I know the feeling Bill.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 01, 2021:

Nice tips. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 01, 2021:

I think having a todo list writing down make you more productive, Alyssa. I like this article, and I think your suggestions are great for getting more done. Thanks for sharing this information.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2021:

There isn't a sheet of paper long enough for my to do list. lol Your four suggestions are right on, my friend, and I follow them religiously.

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