Today, I want you to know that it’s completely acceptable to let slide those last couple summer projects, whatever they are. There are only a couple weeks left of summer and I’m here to encourage you to enjoy them, rather than try to clean out this, organize that, go here and pick up more stuff. Go to that end of summer festival, go for a bike ride, or take a hike. It’s okay to just “coast.”
Instead of trying to do it all, find a blank page in your journal or a random piece of paper. Then, every time you think “I should be doing ...” write down that thought. Each time a “should” or “ought to” comes to mind, just write it down. Don’t do it, just write it down. Scrub the floor? Organize the pantry? Go through all the camping supplies? Get my office in tip-top shape? Keep adding to your list until Labor Day. (You may have to give in to things like laundry grocery shopping, or buying school supplies – just the basics.)
And don’t just limit your list to the drudgery of day-to-day living. Include fun things you’d like to do, places near and far that you’d like to visit. Those things shouldn’t be lost in the business of running a household. Your home should serve you, not the other way around. And part of that is giving space for the things that bring you joy to blossom, like making plans to finally visit the Grand Canyon or Arches National Parks or maybe even a local landmark you’ve always wondered about but never took the time to visit. I hope your list is full of a wide variety of things you “should” do.
Then, once we’re solidly into September, that’s when I encourage you to go over your list. Are there some things that aren’t nearly as important now or that have just resolved themselves entirely? Great! Then assess the rest of the list you have left and prioritize your tasks. Plan out your autumn, the rest of the year, the school year, whatever block of time makes sense to you at your current stage of life. There’s nothing magical about getting everything done before school starts or summer ends. Evaluate what works best for you.
So please, take a moment. Breathe deeply. Enjoy what’s left of August and coast right on into autumn!
Soak it in!
PS. When you're ready to tackle your big projects this fall, give me a call and I'll lend a helping hand and objective eye to keep your projects on track!
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