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30 Summer Activities Not To Miss

30 Summer Activities Not To Miss

I bet summer is one of your favorite seasons. The weather is great, making it more fun to get outside, and there are so many great summer activities available. Choose a few summer activities from this list to make a summer bucket list, and begin having your best summer ever.

  1. Watch a movie in the park together. Most communities have community outdoor movie nights, so look for one near you.
  2. Attend a music festival. Search for “music festival” along with your state to start finding festivals near you.
  3. Pick fresh fruit and veggies at a local farm. Nothing tastes as good as fresh fruit right off the vine or from the ground.  This is also a great way to show your kids where food comes from.
  4. Go to a farmer’s market. This can be a fun summer activity to enjoy weekly. Many farmer’s markets now have entertainment as well.
  5. Have friends over for a BBQ. Nothing says summer like grilling and some ice cold beverages.
  6. Go fishing. Whether you like fly fishing or lake fishing, this activity is a great way to really enjoy the outdoors during the summer.
  7. Watch a movie at the drive-in. Make a comfortable bed in the back of your truck or hatchback, and enjoy. Find a double feature if possible.
  8. Rent a paddle boat or canoe at a nearby lake.
  9. Visit the zoo. Whether you take the kids on a family outing or just go by yourself, the zoo is a lot of fun in the summer.
  10. Take the kids to a spot where they can run through the fountains.
  11. Have a picnic in a local state park. State parks are beautiful resources, so enjoy and explore them this summer.
  12. Go for a hike. Be sure to pack some water and snacks. Look here for great local hikes near your city.
  13. Go camping. Whether you visit a local KOA Kampground or find a spot far from it all in a national forest, summer isn’t complete without a night or two of camping.
  14. Find a local Renaissance Festival to attend.
  15. Throw a frisbee in the park — summer activity bonus points if you have a dog who loves to run and jump to catch frisbees.
  16. Drink wine and relax on your porch.
  17. Take early evening walks through the neighborhood.
  18. Visit a local amusement park or water park. Scream and laugh along with the kids.
  19. Visit a national monument. Enjoy and appreciate the history of your surrounding area.
  20. Bike a local trail. Many areas allow for bike rental if you don’t have one at home… so no excuses!
  21. Roast s’mores over an outdoor campfire at night.
  22. Fly a kite. Choose a day with a little wind and soar the skies with your kite.
  23. Find a fun local festival to enjoy. Does your local community have any unique local festivals? Read your local paper or look online to find one.
  24. Have a water balloon fight — water guns work too. This is a great activity for those hot July days.
  25. Go to your county fair. View the entries and choose your favorites in the art, animal, and cooking areas.
  26. Play mini golf at an outdoor course.
  27. Visit your local botanic gardens. When the trees and flowers are in bloom, there is no better place to visit.
  28. Take an early morning walk next to a creek.
  29. Go water tubing or rafting in a nearby river.
  30. Take a road trip. Choose a spot on the map or just get in the car and drive.

Are your favorite summer activities listed above? If not, share them with us in the comments below, along with your list of must-do summer activities.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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