Is Summer your favorite time of year? It is definitely mine and I’m so elated that Memorial Day is finally here. This weekend always seems to usher in the splendor of summer. We wait so long for its arrival and at this point in time, we are encouraged that there are far more summer days ahead of us than there are behind us. Summer is fun… it’s happy. Azure blue skies and the sparkle of sunshine can make an ordinary day, a spectacular one. Even after a long day’s work, just a walk outside into a summer’s night can turn a stressful day into a calming night. With the longer days, I think we all are delighted to run the extra errand, take a drive, walk, or do just about anything, because it’s still light outside.
We wait 9 months for summer, best not to waste it. Let us make every day count. So perhaps before the weeks slip away from us, we should think about how we are going to use our time. Are we going to merely frolic in the lazy days of summer? Or are we compelled to accomplish something significant on our summer bucket list?
I read this book “168 hours: You Have More Time Than You Think,” and it changed how I look at time forever. It was eye-opening to realize how many people do not utilize the extra hours of their days in a week. Yes, everybody has extra hours of down time when they are not sleeping or not working. Nobody works 24/7 (168 hours), it would be physically impossible. Too many of us are unaware that there are so many valuable hours that can easily slip by.
Here’s how this thinking can change your life too. Back to our summer plans. Crunch the numbers; From Memorial Day to Labor Day there are 14 weeks. If you do the simple math and multiply that by 168 hours (24 hours in a week), you get 2352 hours. Now that’s some big chunk of change, don’t you think? If you are lucky and get 8 hours a night sleep, then deduct another 784 hours. And if you work 12 of those 14 weeks, subtract roughly about 480 hours, which leaves you well over 1000 glorious extra hours of leisure time!! OMG, you’ve hit the lottery.
Summertime is precious. Organize it. Make smart choices. Manage your time because you own it , it’s yours. Plan your bucket list and aspire to satisfy it. Spend your hours doing anything you enjoy doing;
- Make more time for your family and friends.
- Ride a bike.
- Take a hike.
- Read the book you’ve never have the time to.
- Create a new hobby.
- Rise early before the dawn.
- Bask in the sunshine of a summer day.
- Catch the beauty of a brilliant sunset.
- Plant, grow a garden,
- Paint a room.
- Be ambitious and clean out the garage, basement or attic.
- And yes, maybe even take a delicious nap on a hammock.
Enjoy the priceless summer hours, you cannot take them back in winter. Make them count now and optimize your time.
For me, summer energies me…the days are longer, the sun is brighter, and I want to get out and do something. This is Your time, Your summer. Ask yourself this… what will you be doing with all your hours?