I’ve written about goals before and how setting goals is an excellent way to push yourself to your limits. To fight to accomplish them. To work hard and in the end, celebrate when you realize your efforts were not in vain.
Summer is a perfect time to reevaluate your goals!
Summer. A double-edged sword to the extreme. For many, it’s the time of year when they have more time to do things other than work and college and high school or just general classes and other things you may take throughout the year. Summer is a time for relaxation, to spend hours loafing around every day!
But what if you could use that time for productivity instead?
I mentioned that summer is a double-edged sword and I will stand by that. Why do I say it? Because of the heat.
Some people bask in the blistering heat that shines down on it for these three months – we just hit 30 °C (the high 80s fahrenheit) today! – and absorb the energy to go full speed into projects old and new. Others, myself included, hate the heat and struggle just to move from the couch to the kitchen to get a drink. Writing, reading, drawing, exercising? Ha! We’ll save that for another season.
And then find some other apparently random reason about why we can’t make our goals. It’s a vicious cycle. So, what can we do to actually get stuff done?
The answer is easy.
Don’t let the heat get to you. Figure out in advance what you want to get done during the summer. Do the planning before the heat gets to you and fogs your brain. If you can get the planning done, it’s easier to say, “Hey, it might be way too hot and I hate it, but I have things to do!”
If you haven’t done the planning yet, that’s something you’ll have to force yourself to do before you get to actually work on what you need to. That extra step is all it takes to wipe out any and all traces of willpower you had for your goals.
I’ve made my goals. Writing, reading, and exercise. Want more details?
- Finish Werewolf’s Lair by August 31st. That means at least 1,000 words per day.
- Read one book per week. Biweekly, if absolutely necessary.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. What else did we get our shiny new cross trainer for?
And the best part? If I schedule my time well, I’ll still have plenty of time for relaxation. So, my question to you is: What are your goals for this summer?
Let me know if you have any; I’d love to hear from you! If you don’t have any goals, why not and do you intend to still make some? I recommend it! Don’t let the heat hold you back!
We can work together to accomplish our goals. Together, we will leave others in the dust when we speed off towards victory!
As Hannibal from the A-Team always says:
“I love it when a plan comes together.”