The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and is a tipping point for days to get shorter and night extensions. It’s the first day of summer and is marked by warm days and summertime memories.
But we like to think of it as a new time for new years resolutions. This halfway point is a great time to reflect on where we are and where we want to go. Use the 5 tips below to start valuing your time to get the most out of each day.
1. Use map apps on your smartphone no matter where you’re heading. Not because you don’t know the route, but modern map apps can alert you to traffic delays and provide an alternate route. Key in your destination a bit before leaving to see what time you’ll need to depart. Then, add 15 minutes padding to play it safe. Some even find it helpful to set their wall and car clocks ahead by 10 minutes.
2. Prep for tomorrow by getting essentials ready the night before. Whether it’s packing your bag, getting your outfit ready, or getting the kid’s gear organized, you won’t waste time in the morning hunting for your wallet that you know you left right here last night.
3. Schedule mindfully. Don’t overextend yourself by committing to back-to-back events or meetings. Document every commitment on your calendar so nothing falls through the cracks and to allow yourself to plan accordingly.
4. Start the day on time. You’ll feel more refreshed in the morning by getting up at your first alarm instead of snoozing it 6 times in a row.
5. Respect others’ time, including your own. If a commitment isn’t running to schedule (or a friend isn’t allowing your graceful, timely exit), assert yourself to stay on time for things later in the day. Have a line thought up that allows you to depart without appearing rude or uninterested. Something simple like, “What an exciting thought! I actually have a meeting to get to shortly, but let’s continue this conversation later.” will always do the trick.