Summertime and the livin’ is easy.
Summer is finally here and you probably have some well deserved time off work, a holiday booked or you might be working all summer to make a little extra cash.
Whatever you have in store for the summer months, use these months to explore a new challenge, work on your goals, take action and of course, you can do all this while hanging out at the beach if that’s more your thing.
There is just a whole other vibe to the summer than the rest of the year.
People are more relaxed, fill their lives up with sunshine and good times and for some people, this means FINALLY having the time to work solely on your goals.
This is certainly true for me.
I started this blog in August of 2018 because I had the time and I wanted to do something extraordinary for myself – and the rest is history.
I was hooked on blogging.
My point is…
If you have some extra time to yourself this summer, embrace it and use this time to go after your goals.
There will never be a right time to chase your dreams, but you will certainly HAVE more time during the summer (hopefully), so you might as well get started right NOW.
Use the tips I share below to get started with your goals and make this summer the time you did something for yourself, something extraordinary.
How To Achieve Your Goals This Summer:
Evaluate & Plan
The first need you need to do to achieve your goals this summer is to sit down with your calendar and check in on what you’ve actually planned so far, how much free time you will have and how you will take action towards your goal every single day.
Taking one step forward every day will be THE lifehack you need in order to see fast results.
Consistency is key.
Take action (big or small) daily.
Set A Clear Goal
Be intentional about what it is you want to achieve.
Start with one goal that is do-able during the summer (f.ex starting a blog) and you can always elaborate and expand on your summer goal later.
Be as clear and detailed as you can about what it is you want to achieve this summer.
Write it down and reference your goal daily.
Make It S.M.A.R.T
Make sure your goal is a SMART goal and achievable in 3 months.
SMART goals are…
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time-sensitive
Specific – Be as specific and detailed as you can when describing your goal. How will you reach your goal? Be crystal clear and list all the ins and outs of your #1 goal. Don’t be broad about it.
Measurable – To make progress and to know when you are successful, you will need a way to measure your goal. How will you track your results? Make your goal measurable so you know when you’ve achieved it.
Attainable – Your goal needs to be achievable. You can, of course, dream big, but it needs to be attainable in this lifetime with the resources, skills and the time you have.
Relevant – Is the goal relevant to your values? Is the goal worth it?
Time-sensitive – Set a deadline to achieve your goal. A summer goal that is achievable in three months is a good starting point. Just be sure to have a deadline to keep you on track and motivated.
Make Appointments With Yourself
Make appointments with yourself like you would with anyone else.
Set aside time to work on your goal much like you would set up a meeting with an important contact, your doctor or your boss.
Add it to your calendar and honor your commitment to your goal.
Value your time and goal by showing up every day.
Make no excuses.
You wouldn’t ditch your boss or doctor, would you?
Treat yourself with the same respect.
You’re on a mission, girl and you’re going to achieve your goals this summer.
When you’re not on your regular schedule, it can be easy to be sidetracked or persuaded to go grab some drinks by the pool with your gal-pals.
Set reminders on your phone so you won’t ever forget an appointment you have with yourself.
Continue to doodle and journal about your goals, life, and any dreams you may have.
You never know when genius ideas will appear, and they often come when you pour your heart out on a piece of paper.
Use these summer months to get up to speed with your journaling.
It will help you to think more clearly and sort your thoughts in the best and most meditative way possible.
Hang out on Pinterest and let it inspire you.
This is actually the platform I was on when I got the idea for this blog.
Browse, pin and explore.
Search for topics that motivate and inspire you to achieve your specific goal this summer.
I usually spend a good 15 minutes on Pinterest every morning.
You can join me here!
Be sure to sit down with your summer goals as often as you can.
Break your big goal down into smaller manageable goals (I know, I know – I go on and on about this but it is SO effective).
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Where do I want to be at the end of June, July, and August?
- What are the mini-goals I need to set and achieve in order to get there?
- How can I make this week as productive as possible and which tasks are of most importance?
- What little action can I take today to move forward?
I know it may seem like your to-do list is endless, so prioritizing your tasks in order of importance can be really helpful.
I use the all-time favorite Productivity Planner for my weekly and daily planning.
Even though you might be on vacation mode, try and keep a regular sleeping pattern and design a good morning routine to support you working on your goals.
It may be tempting to sleep until dawn, but if you make it a habit to wake up and go to bed at roughly the same time every day, you will be so much more focused and see results quicker.
Establishing a good morning routine will help you get to the finish line much faster.
Set aside at least 30 minutes every morning to work on your goal.
Hey, even 10 minutes will do.
The point is to find the time to work on yourself. We are at our most creative in the morning and since it’s summer, you’ll likely have the house to yourself because everyone else is still in Zzz-land.
Embrace the first few hours of your day, focus on yourself, have some me-time and put one foot in front of the other in regards to how you can achieve your goals this summer.
Create a reading list
Use the summer months to not only work on your dreams coming true but also catch up on your reading.
Create a personalized reading list on Audible and dig in.
Read books that will inspire and motivate you to continue to work on your goal until you see results.
Use the reading material for research, support, and inspiration.
I’m a big fan of Audible and I ALWAYS have a book in my ear whenever there is downtime or I go on my daily walks.
(Psst… You can try Audible for FREE for 30 days using this link)
Before You Go
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that you’ll be well on your way to your dreams and achieve your goals this summer.
Let me know in the comments below the goals you’ve set – I’d love to know! 🙂
Now, I wish you an amazing summer.
P.S. Use SPF, no excuses.