Work toward your goals this summer
Most of us have a ‘to do’ list which we mentally look at but often don’t get around to. Maybe you want to get fitter, spend more time with family, or take up a new hobby. In the summer, the warmer weather and lighter evenings tend to make us feel more optimistic, energized and open to change. So summer is the right time to shortlist your most important goals and start working on them.
- Unless you have loads of spare time, choose no more than three goals. Any more than that and you won’t really be able to give them your attention. If you can, make them in different areas of your life – one for family, one for work and one for you.
- Write down your goals. Chances are you already know what they are in your head, but writing them down your goals makes them clearer and more likely to happen. Break down what you need to do into small, easy steps. Making a list, mind map or flow chart is good, so you can tick off the steps as you go.
- Think about the time that you'll have available this summer. Include evenings, weekends, and maybe even some weekdays, depending on your work schedule. Be realistic – you’ll need time for other things as well. Allow for changes in your schedule due to the kids being off school, holidays etc. Block out the time for your goals in your diary – if you don’t do this you will likely forget or get distracted.
- Looking at your step by step plan, what do you need to achieve your goals? Where, when and how will you get it? For example, if you need to research something on the internet to learn about it, you can probably do this at home, but if you need to learn a new skill from someone else you’ll need to find out when and where they hold their classes.
- What’s the first step you need to take? Do it now!
- Do you need someone you can ring if you are feeling unmotivated, or who can cheer on your successes? (This works especially well with fitness, weight loss or quit smoking goals, but it can be useful for others as well.) Go public with your goals and get the support you need.
- Being in green space is good for us (see last month’s blog on how). Plan to take your goal outside as much as you can – if you want to read a specific book, for example, you can do this out in the garden.
- Having said that, here in the UK we can get every type of summer weather from hot and dry to cool and wet, so if one of your goals relies on you being outside, decide how the weather might affect it, and what you can do to minimize any disruption.
For many, summer is a chance to get things done. We feel happier and more motivated and the days are longer. Whether you take the first few steps toward a new plan or complete a lifelong objective is up to you. But use this summer as a time to achieve your goals.
Children and Summer
However young or old you are, summer is a great time to get things done. For kids, that means to explore new ideas and activities, and get the kind of learning that you just can't get in school.
Would you like our free printable, full of 45 different ideas for your children to do over the summer? Just email and ask.
Debbie Waller is a professional hypnotherapist, specialising in stress, anxiety and related issues. She also offers EMDR which is used for trauma, PTSD, phobias and OCD and publishes hypnotherapy-for-ibs.co.uk for those interested in using hypnotherapy to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Debbie owns a multi-accredited hypnotherapy school, Yorkshire Hypnotherapy Training and offers further training for qualified therapists via CPD Expert. She is the author of Their Worlds, Your Words, editor and contributor to the online magazine Hypnotherapy Training & Practitioner, and co-author of The Hypnotherapy Handbook.
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Researcher & drafter on these blogs: Rachel Waller.