The Intersection of Carefree and Coordinated
Summer time. Days run together. Someone asks you what day it is and you gleefully reply, "I don't know." Ah, those were the days. Between work and blogging and general life, those days don't exist very much anymore. That's the cost of growing older. How can one balance the carefree spirit of summer with the need to stay some what organized? All I can do is share what's worked for me thus far this summer.
1. Pick a plan: I chose one aspect of my summer to give some structure to. For me, it was blogging. I have a planner where I put post ideas for the week, deadlines for any contributions to other sites, and goals. I don't do this for all of my involvements because then I'd feel like I was in school again. Ugh.
2. Set limits: Put a cap on screen time. I try, often unsuccessfully, to put an hour limit on all blog writing, reading, editing, etc. Time flies in front of the screen and summer is much better enjoyed in the sunshine. Even as I'm writing this, I feel convicted to be better at enforcing my limits. Hold me accountable please?
3. Let yourself get lost: Sure, you have an internship, you're studying for the MCAT, you're working full time but allow yourself to get caught up in a moment. Leave your phone at home and go for a long hike after work. Stay up too late reading an amazing book. The days may no longer run together, but that doesn't mean that hours can't fly by in pleasant stimulation.
Age might call for a more structured summer. Don't lose sight of your carefree spirit. I'm learning to do the same.
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