Making Memories: How to plan a great time

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." Sam Keen

It's summer here in my neck of the woods (yes, we finally have sun!) and it's one of my favorite times of year. I've learned from experience that the best way to make great memories is by preplanning the things I most want to do. This week I invite you to give it a try. If you'd like to make great memories (whether it's summer in your part of the world or another season), here's a simple plan:

1. Make a list of the people you'd most like to spend time with. Whose company do you miss? Who have you been meaning to get together with for ages? Who makes you laugh? Who stimulates your thinking or challenges you to step outside of your comfort zone? Who allows you to just relax and have fun? Identify at least three people.

2. Make a list of fun activities. What have you been wanting to do that you never seem to find time for? What activities do you love to do? Are there things you used to love to do that make you feel excited and a little nervous at the same time? If you could do anything, what would it be? Maybe you'd like to:

* Visit a water park.

* Schedule a family cookout (make it pot luck so you can enjoy time with everyone :).

* Plan a beach day or outdoor picnic with friends.

* Learn to sail, roller blade, or mountain bike.

* Spend a day searching for antiques.

* Visit a favorite summer spot from your childhood.

* Set up a family and/or friends softball game.

* Hang out and do absolutely nothing for one whole weekend.

If you're not sure what to do (after all, some of us may have forgotten how to have fun), ask family members or friends for favorite memories or ideas

3. Schedule fun now.

Once you know who you'd like to see and what you'd like to do, don't wait. Schedule these activities in your calendar right away.

Planning a great memory doesn't need to be complicated or expensive. Some of my most treasured ones occurred as a result of simply hanging out with family and friends at the beach. When you schedule enough time with loved ones to move below "catch-up" conversations, you make room for deeper, more nourishing experiences.

Remember, the most cherished memories always involve the special people in our lives. How about making a few great ones in the next couple of months?

Take Action Challenge

Don't just think about the kind of memories you'd most like to make, do something about it this week. Complete the assignment above, make a few phone calls, and start scheduling your best time yet!

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Cheryl Richardson

Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books, Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace and her new book The Art of Extreme Self Care. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

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