Today, we’re sharing 5 simple ways to reset this summer!
Recently, we were enjoying a relaxing brunch when for the millionth time, I said a version of these words out loud…
“I can’t believe it’s already July! December 31st seemed to hold so much promise. I swear, I must have been in a haze of fireworks and festivities because it really felt like a magical year was on the horizon. In some ways though, this year hasn’t turned out like anything I had imagined.”
Most everyone at the table nodded in agreement.
Some said they thought they would be further along with their goals by now.
Others confessed they had lost all motivation.
A few were excited to reevaluate their goals because they were finally ready to embrace necessary changes.
2 had already reached their goals and were starting new ones.
Despite all the ups and downs though, I think we all still feel hopeful about this year.
How are you feeling about it?
I know a lot of us are still feeling the effects of the pandemic.
In some respects, it seems like a million years ago.
In other respects though, there were so many changes happening at once it’s perfectly normal for things to feel like they’re just now falling into place.
You might be still trying to find your way and that’s ok too.
I know it can be hard sometimes to figure out where to start with a summer reset.
But the easiest place to start is at the beginning.
Here’s a look at 5 Simple Ways to Reset This Summer…
Create a Weekly/Daily Task List
Whether your days look a little different or they’re all starting to run together, we can only control (and I use that term very loosely) today.
On Sundays, I sit down and do a brain dump of all the tasks I know we have coming up for the week. I write down everything from “order party supplies” to “create a grocery list” to “sign and confirm upcoming contracts.”
Once I have everything written down, I start delegating specific tasks to specific days. This not only helps to keep our week organized but it also allows the flexibility to move things around from day to day.
This Sunday ritual doesn’t take very long to complete yet it buys me extra time during the week and helps to cut down on daily decision fatigue too.
Embrace 10 Minute Tasks and a 15 Minute Clutter Catcher
Your summer work schedule might not allow you a full day to complete a huge project or to tackle an entire day of cleaning.
Rather than blowing the tasks off altogether though, consider committing 10-15 minutes towards a specific chore each day.
That way by the end of the week, you’ll have dedicated 70-105 minutes to your goals or projects.
If you have kids at home or are working from home, you already know how quickly the piles can start adding up around the house.
Set the timer and include a 15-minute clutter catcher in your nightly routine so you can wake up with clutter-free spaces and a fresh start for the day.
Reevaluate and Reprioritize Your Yearly Goals
At the end of every season, I sit down with my original goals list and reevaluate and reprioritize our yearly goals.
As you sit down with your goals or a bucket list of things you want to accomplish, reset your goals for the way things are now, not the way you want them to be, or think they will be in the future.
That way, you’ll have a more realistic chance of actually reaching the goals you set for yourself this year.
Commit to Reinvesting in Yourself
This might be the hardest one on the list for some of you. Especially, if you have a demanding job or family life.
If reinvesting in yourself seems too overwhelming to think about, here are some simple ways you can reset this summer…
Leaving White Space in Your Schedule
I know firsthand how easy it can be to overcommit and watch those things that fill your cup get pushed further and further down the list because there is just not enough time in the day.
This issue is one of our biggest struggles.
It’s not easy to say no to things that sound fun or to feel like you’re missing out or like you’re letting someone down.
But the truth is, if you show up distracted, tired, overwhelmed, or stressed out – you’ve already let yourself down and you’re likely letting others down too.
I would much rather be with someone that is fully engaged than with someone who’s worked on a major house project, hosted guests for a week, gathered friends and family for a long holiday weekend then tried to “fit in” a coffee date.
Leaving white space in your schedule means you *make and take* the time to refresh your needs so you can be fully present when you’re called to tend to the needs of others.
Create a Healthy Menu
I plan our menu by the month then map out our weekly menu and grocery list while I’m writing out our Daily/Weekly tasks list on Sundays.
Creating a healthy menu does take a bit of extra time and research but the effort is always worth it!
Finds Ways to Eat More Greens
Incorporating more greens into your diet doesn’t have to be complicated at all.
You can have a green smoothie for breakfast or a snack, add salads to your lunch menu and pile on extra veggies to your dinner menu.
Drink More Water
Drinking water is an easy way to hydrate your body and reset this summer.
I place a filled water bottle in the refrigerator each night at the same time I’m prepping the coffee for the next morning.
That way, it’s ready to go every morning!
Finding ways to exercise with a busy job and family life is not always easy.
And if we’re being completely honest here, neither is finding the motivation sometimes.
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your physical and mental well-being though.
Whether you’re walking on the beach, hiking, swimming laps, going for a run, biking around the neighborhood, doing yoga, rebounding, or doing Zumba videos via Zoom there are a ton of resources available online now.
Fill Your Cup
Every day no matter how big or small, do at least one thing to fill your cup. It’s another super simple way to reset this summer.
This could be reading a magazine from cover to cover, exploring a new novel, tending your garden, writing letters to friends and family, taking a hot bath, listening to motivational podcasts, tackling projects or tasks you’ve been putting off, journaling, or engaging in a craft or hobby.
Practice Everyday Grace
If there’s one thing we’ve discovered about the pandemic years, it’s that things don’t always go as planned.
We’ve been challenged to let things go, learn new ways of dealing with daily stressors, push through times of discouragement and frustration, and find peace in distractions and joy in the unknown.
It certainly has not been easy.
But I know we’re strong enough to make it through these uncertain times.
Everyday grace is allowing yourself room to make mistakes.
It’s knowing that while every day counts, it’s also an opportunity for a fresh start.
As you’re reevaluating what you want to focus on and prioritize for the rest of the year, think about those things that are currently working well for you and those things that you want to change.
Making positive changes in our lives is not always effortless.
It requires consistency, commitment, motivation, focus, and grace.
But if there were ever a year to find simple ways to reset this summer, it’s this one.
And I’m definitely here for it, how about you?
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