How To Be Productive During Summer

The warm weather is here, and I don’t think I’ve ever loved and appreciated it as much as I do now.  I don’t know if it is the age my kids are getting to, but I want to be outside all the time.

As an added bonus, being outside all day normally means the house stays relatively clean.  This week, we had a ton of rain; hence my sink that is overflowing with dirty dishes.

There is typically more freedom in summer. Fewer scheduled activities, sunny days to play outside, and vacation! I like to be flexible, but I’ve realized that I function best when I have a schedule or routine to be flexible with.  There are a ton of things (including fun activities) I want to do this summer.  But, if I don’t put it into my schedule, it will not happen.

summer goals

This is why I’ve decided to make a list of goals for the summer.  For my list, I’m separating it into 3 different categories:

1. Fun Activities

2. House Goals (for rainy days!)

3. Personal Goals

Let me give you some examples of what each looks like.  All of these are not necessarily on my list, but hopefully they will help give you some ideas.

Fun Activities

  • Go on a hike in a new place
  • Go camping
  • Let your kids have a Lemonade Stand
  • Play catch
  • Have a camp out in your living room
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Make these banana boats on the grill
  • Float down a river in an inner tube
  • Day trip to the beach
  • Day trip to a new city
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Invite friends over for a cookout
  • Host a block party
  • Run through a sprinkler
  • Have a picnic
  • Watch an old movie

House Goals

  • Make your bed every morning
  • Clean out the pantry
  • Touch up paint on the walls (I have sweet little artists in my house that like to create murals on our walls)
  • Steam clean carpets
  • Update family pictures displayed around the house
  • Clean out/organize under the bathroom sink
  • Clean out the garage
  • Have a yard sale
  • Test your smoke alarms
  • Do some yard work (trim the bushes, pull weeds, plant new flowers and don’t forget to water them!)

Personal Goals

  • Plan a girls’ night (or a guys’ night, if that applies to you)
  • Carve out some “me time” every day (even if it’s 15 min with your morning coffee)
  • Exercise 3-5 days a week (take it slow if you are just starting out)
  • Up your fruit and veggie intake
  • Drink at least 64 oz of water daily
  • Finish a book
  • Spend less time looking at your phone
  • Spend more time face to face with your spouse or a friend
  • Laugh more, stress less

Make some goals this week for your summer!







  1. Melanie says:

    This is very helpful. I needed the push to put these type of things ON PAPER. It’s easy to dream that tomorrow you will do the things that make the memories you want your kids to have, but it doesn’t happen if it’s not on the schedule. Thanks for some great ideas!

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