Make the Most of Summer
(FeatureSource) Do you feel like the summer is already
running away from you? Have you been stuck at the office without so much
as a hint of a summer tan? Do you make plans to do something fun like,
say, go to the beach to relax, only to find yourself “too busy” once
the moment finally comes?
“Our lives often take turns almost in spite of us,” says George
Bartko author of “Balance 20/20: Six Keys to a Harmonious Life” (Conari
Press). “We certainly don’t feel in control. Everyone everywhere
complains about not having enough time…of course you must file your
taxes, make your rent or mortgage payments and go to work everyday, but
then there’s the rest. Relationships, spirituality, nutrition,
exercise, rest, creativity, and learning will not happen consistently
unless you schedule them. Until you organize your time, it will never
belong to you.”
Bartko’s solution is simple—plan out a schedule for all aspects
of your life, rather than just business appointments and errands. Set
aside an afternoon to go to the beach. Plan the nights you’ll be home
a little early to grill out with the family. Pencil in the days and
times you’ll exercise this summer. And stick to the plan.
Bartko believe that if we think ahead and physically write down our
tasks, we’re less likely to blow them off.
Here are six pointers to help you find time for the things you love:
John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you when you’re
busy making other plans.” Stay in control this summer. Use Bartko’s
plan to make time for things that are truly important.
|Make a task list. Centralize all your sticky notes, scraps of
paper, writing on hands, and phone messages into one list. No task
should be without a due date. Don’t leave anything for “when I
have time…” because that is, of course, never.|
|Give a gift of time and place. The next time a gift is called for,
arrange to spend time with the person instead. Give a card
suggesting a specific time, place and activity.|
|Take a day off from work to be with someone you love.|
|Plan a party. Bring together as many important people as you can
at one time to celebrate their influence in your life.|
|Take courses or seminars from your local college. This way, you
set aside time for expanding your mind.|
|Have a disconnected day. Unplug from all technology and media.|
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“Balance 20/20: Six Keys to a Harmonious Life," by
George Bartko, is available at bookstores everywhere or through the
publisher at (800) 423-7087 or email@example.com.