As the weather gets nicer I always find myself wanting to get outside more and more and enjoy the beautiful weather. The hard part is finding the time to still get everything you need to do. These 8 tips below are the perfect solution to help you be productive to get your tasks done quickly and still incorporate the outdoors into your daily routine.
For most of us, work clothes are indoor clothes- you wouldn’t want to garden or play in a tie or skirt or dress shoes. Make it a ritual: arrive home, immediately switch into a t-shirt and shorts, and start the second part of your day afresh.
Outdoor shoes, sunglasses, a brimmed hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent all are essential summertime outdoor gear. Have them all ready in the same place by your back door.
Lunch took 20 minutes? Then walk for 20 minutes outdoors immediately after eating. Dinner took 30 minutes? Balance it with 30 minutes outside. Make every meal a two-part affair: eating time and then outdoor time.
Most of us save up gardening chores for the weekend. The result: several hours of hard work, the last few not very fun. Instead, garden in 30-miute spurts all week long. This will get you outdoors more frequently, and you’ll never get bored or tired because of the brevity of the task. Best of all, come Saturday, your yard and garden will need only a little work, leaving you more time for fun!
In the same vein, why shop, clean, and cook so much on the weekends? Do your essential weekly errands from 8 to 9pm weekdays, and clear the way for weekend fun. You’ll find that stores are much emptier weekday evenings, making shopping that much less stressful.
If you’ve embraced walking as part of your weight-loss regimen, terrific! Now take it up a notch- put on trail-walking shoes, go to a regional park (the more rugged the better) with a friend or loved one, and take a wilderness hike. Bring water and a granola bar, and wander for a few hours of natural, soul-lifting exercise.
What do you love doing outdoors? Whether it’s hitting wiffle golf balls, practicing your fishing fly casting, doing watercolor paintings, shooting basketballs, playing badminton, tossing tennis balls or a Frisbee with your dog, weeding the flower beds or exercising with a hula hoop, have your gear in a waterproof bin near your backdoor, ready for instant usage.
Life’s dirty little secret: The most common Saturday conversation in America goes like this: ‘Whatdayouwannado today?’ ‘I don’t know- whada YOUwannado?’ Well throw out that script. Picnics, hikes, bike rides, arboretum visits don’t just happen spontaneously; you need to plan them. During the week, be as specific in your planning as possible for your upcoming weekend. Don’t just suggest a nature walk for Sunday afternoon, Pick a time and place, and make a firm plan.