One of the best things about summer is that there is extra time to get out and DO things. The days are longer, the weather is better and there are more activities available in most cities. So, how do you take advantage of this magical time and fit in everything you want to accomplish? Create a summer bucket list! This is an activity you can do on your own, with your significant other or with your kids.

Brainstorm Session

Spend 20-30 minutes writing down every possible thing you would like to do this summer. There are no wrong answers. Think of the biggest ideas down to the smallest and get it all down on paper. Things that you might include: events you want to attend, hikes you want to complete, places you want to visit, books you want to read, classes you want to take, etc.

Research What is Happening in Your City

Now that you have a master list, do some research and see if any of the things you want to do this summer are happening in your city, county or state. Add the dates to your brainstorm list. For the activities that don’t have a specific date add in how much time they will take and if they can be done on a weekend or weekday.

Edit and Segment

Once you have a complete brainstorm list with dates and estimated time commitments look at your list more critically. Divide your list into must-do, want to do and not necessary. Start segmenting your master list into these three categories. From here you could completely delete the not necessary column or as a revisit next summer list. Schedule your must-dos into your calendar, after that add in the things you have time for in your summer from the want to column.

Invite People

Finally, invite some people to join you if you would like! Some activities may be solo but if you want company reach out to your friends and family and get some of these fun activities on their calendars.

A summer bucket list is a fun way to make sure you get some of the things you would really love to do on your agenda. The key is to make it fun, and not overschedule yourself so that you are too busy to enjoy the season.

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