As school has let out for the summer, my friends who work in the school system have been raving about being in “summer mode”. The ability to sleep late, days at the pool and a slower time make me a little envious. Summer is my favorite time of the year and although I can somewhat dictate my work hours, like many I need to be working Monday-Friday.
For someone without children or with work not dictated by the weather, the move into summer months can seem no different than any other time of the year. Life continues on it’s regular routine and before one knows it, it will quickly be fall.
Today I want to encourage you to change your routine in some way.
Consider how the routine of your daily life can make each day quickly fade into the next. One of the reasons we appreciate the change of seasons (or school) is there is a forced change in our daily routine.
Although your work schedule may continue to be the same, consider various ways you can change your routine over the summer.
- Make plans to eat al fresco at a favorite restaurant each week.
- If you are able, eat out on your own patio or deck.
- Change your workout routine, schedule a class at a different time or try a new workout.
- Visit a local Farmer’s Market or attend a weekend festival.
- Take a different route to work or home (for me traffic is lighter and I can take routes I typically avoid).
- If you are able, go into work earlier so that you can leave early.
- Outside of a scheduled vacation, schedule a long weekend and spend the day doing activities you don’t have the time to do. I typically take these days to shop at stores I can’t squeeze in on my weekends.
A small change in routine can alter your day in a positive manner. Changing your daily routine forces you to become more aware and mindful as you are no longer falling into what can be a daily rut.
Does your routine change during the summer? Will you take the challenge and change your routine?
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