It is summertime!!! Do you have a summer bucket list? I am so excited, and I am sure you are too!
We know what summer breaks bring to the table, it’s that time to re-evaluate some of those goals that we have accumulated for a while now, it is a time to get off the hectic everyday life to have some ‘me-time’ to ourselves and make out time for our loved ones too. It is a time to explore and reconnect with those old friends that we have not been opportune to connect with for a long while.
We also get to watch the latest summer blockbuster movies and lots of light nights inclusive. As students, it is a time off from school to reboot, relax, and refocus. But what good is it when your summer break yields little or no productive results?
Amidst the times of fun and relaxation, you can record personal growth and self-development as well. You have the time to hit some of your goals on your summer bucket list and stay on track; goals ranging from what you are set to achieve as a family to short term goals on finances, health care, relationships, career, and businesses, etc. But what are the plans to set for summer that can make you achieve the things aforementioned and more?
Top 2 Summer Goals on your bucket list That You Need To Accomplish
The busy everyday life can take a great toll on you. The stress from the regular repeated routines may also make you lose track of yourself, and this is why reconnecting with yourself should be the first and most important goal on your summer bucket list. Ensure your mind is clear, take a deliberate break off from everyday routines, and focus on yourself. Surround yourself with the things that motivate you, do away with the things that do not as much as possible. This brings about a healthier and safer space for your other goals.
Improve your physical health
Improving your physical health cannot be overemphasized as this is quite important. Eat healthy meals, sleep well, guard your mind by feeding it with the right information, take good care of your body, avoid stress.
Reflect on your previously achieved goals and set newer goals.
Evaluating your goals by reflecting on previously set goals and setting new goals helps you achieve more, preparing you for what lies ahead. You do not want to go into the next season without knowing what you want to accomplish by the end of the year. In setting up new goals on your summer bucket list, you must consider the following: Are they specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound? You have to be very sincere with yourself here.
Learn a new skill
Summertime brings many opportunities, and learning a new skill should be on your summer bucket list. This helps to improve your performance on a number of tasks and keeps your mind engaged and active. It gives you a knowledge-based perspective on the skill you want to learn. This gives you a greater sense of dominance and satisfaction. Some of the skills you can learn or improve on are Public speaking, writing, designing, cooking, drawing, etc.
Readers are leaders! This is one thing you can never outgrow. During this summer break, get good books to read – both old and new, fill your shelf with them. I know you want to get all tanned and relaxed, you want to enjoy every bit of the holiday and not stress your brain, but you should also get books to read too – books on finances, health, relationships, history, etc. Read books that interest you and read as many as possible. This should be a must-do on your summer bucket list.
Achieve a fitness goal.
The summer break may keep you at home for most of it. The thoughts of gaining excess weight or losing shape may be one great concern for you. Having a fitness goal and achieving it clears out those worries for you. You may want to improve your physique, have a better shape, develop a better balance or increase your speed, strength, or agility. This can be achieved by getting a new workout routine or a workout buddy. Whichever one just set out to achieve those goals.
Attempt a new hobby
You can try lots of things during summer, and these can, in turn, form your hobbies. It could be cooking, singing, dancing, painting, photography, listening to music, cleaning, gardening, drawing, and the list goes on and on. Not only does this help you fight boredom, but it also enables you to discover an activity that you probably had no clue that you can do or love to do.
While relaxing and having fun outdoors, it is very important to stay hydrated. The weather takes a turn during summer, so dehydration should never be it for you. When you stay dehydrated, your body does not have enough water to work appropriately, which is quite dangerous. Ensure you take enough water, not just to quench your thirst but to drink regularly. If you do not want to drink water only, there are healthier options you can have: Eat water-riched fruits such as watermelon, cucumbers, grapefruits, strawberries, etc. You can take iced coffee or tea or drink coconut water as well.
Reconnect with old friends and family
This should be an important goal on your summer bucket list. You can resort to having a big family time together or going to the beach or relaxation centers together. Make out time for family and friends, enjoy the best of times together. It is always very refreshing. Relive old moments together and have good laughs about them. Summertime is the best time to socialize and reconnect with folks you have not been able to connect with for a long while. Just ensure you maximize the break and enjoy every single opportunity it brings.
Visit places you have always wanted to go to.
I know you have a long list on your travel bucket list; what about you slash one out during your summer break? Plan a vacation, travel somewhere you have always wanted to go. Be it a country, state, or city. Or group trips and camps.
Whichever one it is, go there and explore. For couples, it is even an opportunity to get away from your kids.
Start a business
There is this joy owning a business can bring; however, you need to be sure you want to take that route. During summer, you have the opportunity to engage in or start up a business of your choice, but you should first assess your strength and weakness where the business is concerned and know how well you can maintain it in the long run. Research the marketplace, determine the startup cost and outline your business goals. This also helps you to challenge yourself to be better.
Summer breaks are opened for you to volunteer for any cause you care about. Volunteering, in a sense, boosts your wellbeing and self-esteem. It is also a learning path that helps you know more about people and how you can help society. You can support families where healthcare is concerned. You can also improve schools by tutoring students; you can also support the youths in your community. Whichever aspects interest you, go for it! No work is too small, and you might be that useful help that organization is looking for.
You can take some time out to visit the wild places that you love, like the zoo. The summer break is a great way to break from the busy everyday life and have fun with your family and friends. Take water, sunscreen, a hat along with you, and have fun.
Cultivate healthy habits
There are many habits you can develop during the summer break. Habits like having a sumptuous breakfast every morning, drinking plenty of water, being mindful, planning your meal, staying offline, etc. You can start any or all of these and develop them during the break. This improves your physical health and improves your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Improve your vocabulary and writing skills
Your written vocabulary helps to strengthen your existing writing skills. As you improve your vocabulary skills, you are also investing in your writing skills. During the summer break, you can play word games, develop reading habits, use the dictionary often, use the new words you have learned in your conversations. All of these improve both your vocabulary and your writing skills.
Have outdoor meditations often
Meditating outdoors is an incredible way to cut off distractions because it keeps you focused, and those seeming distractions become far away and less important. It also helps to activate your senses, making your practice more effective and wakeful.
For example, walking meditation helps you pay attention to your feet contact with the ground as you mindfully advance. This in itself keeps your mind focused, and in that way, you can pay closer attention to what only matters.
Go to the beach
Summertime is one of the best times to visit the beach. The calmness at the beach decreases anxiety and stress. Swimming also gives your body a full workout and makes you breathe deep, which improves your lung function. The serene atmosphere at the beach is everything- paradise, you may say!
Take many pictures
This should be an important goal in your summer bucket list. Wherever you visit, capture the moments shared with family and friends. Make memories, both small and big ones. Take pictures of when you go for a walk; shots at the beach, garden, hometown landmarks, etc. Just ensure you capture different moments and fill your scrapbook with family pictures.
There are many summer blockbuster movies to watch. You can binge-watch Netflix with a friend. Watch as many movies as you can. You can prepare some snacks or order them, sit in front of your device and enjoy. Just be happy!
Carry out some DIY projects
You can do lots of things on your own without the aid of an expert or professional. You can stencil and paint your lampstand; you can carry out crayon push activities; you can make your hand-painted wallpaper, organize your home, do some target golf, etc.