Labor day quickly approaches, marking the unofficial end of summer. A few weeks remain, at least as far as the lunar calendar goes, but for most of us Labor Day marks the end of beach trips and half-day Fridays at work. Soon enough the leaves will start changing color, snow will fall, and we’ll all be pining for the days of sun and 90 degree heat.
You don’t have to leave summer behind quite yet, though. There are plenty of good reasons to not only enjoy the last passing moments of summer, but also to get your act together for next summer. You know, so that you actually act on the things you say you’re going to do next summer.
Set up your house for parties
Everyone wants to throw the summer party that people talk about for the next year. Not only does it give you points with your friends and family, but it makes them want to come back for your future parties. Throwing the perfect summer party takes plenty of planning, so you’ll benefit greatly from starting now.
As a bonus, if you set up your house for parties now, you still have the chance to throw one memorably party this summer. Even if it’s not Labor Day weekend, there will still be a few warm weekends in September that are ripe for grilling and outdoor fun. Consider that a precursor to your magnum opus next year.
How-to. Head to big box retailers and outdoors stores to check out the sales they have going on. They’re all marking down nearly every summer item, so there are great deals to be found. This is especially helpful for big-ticket items like patio furniture and grills, which can be 50 percent off, or even more, at the end of summer.
Why. If you don’t buy those things now, you’ll regret it when you see the price tags for new items next year. Chances are that regret will lead you to hold off on purchasing them, meaning you’ll miss out on your ideal party. At the end of the summer you’ll again see those sales, and again kick yourself for not making those purchases last year.
Plan your weekend getaways
Summer is all about getting away, whether it’s for a few weeks or just a few days. It might be hot and muggy in your town right now, but chances are you’re not that far from a sunny beach or lake where you can relax and actually enjoy the
Yet any kind of summer getaway requires advanced planning. Many vacation spots get booked a year in advance, so if you want to have access to the very best destinations you need to start planning now. Thankfully, with online research it has become easier than ever.
How to. Check out travel sites to find all inclusive packages to get a good idea of the hottest destinations. Run further searches for destinations you know you want to try. You probably can’t book online at this point, but with a little googling you can find the best spots and call them to see if they’re taking 2014 reservations now.
Why. The last thing you want is to come up with a great vacation idea only to find that the place is booked up. Jump-starting your planning now also allows you to gather all possible ideas, so you’re not scrambling for something next year.
Get in shape
Whether you’re married or single, 20something or pushing 50, you probably want a beach body. There’s just something about striding out onto the sand, feeling confident, knowing that few, if any, look better than you do. It is a nearly universal human tradition to, at the conclusion of each summer, vow to enter the next beach season in great shape. Yet so few do it.
The problem is that people greatly, egregiously underestimate how much time it takes to transform your body. If you’re 30 pounds overweight, you’re not going to drop that extra flab in the few weeks before your vacation. Worse, it gets even more difficult as you age. The only solution is to start now and hope for the best.
How to. In order to make this transformation in about eight months, you have to start with basic workout fundamentals. Take a few months working on that. Then progress a bit. Once you hit late March or early April, it’s time to go on a beach-body-specific workout plan. At the same time, you have to start eating differently. As they say, abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.
Why. Because if you don’t do it now, you never will. It’s really that simple. If you want to avoid guilt next year when you didn’t reach your goal of having a beach body, you’ll start in now and dedicate the next eight months to that goal. Once you know how good it feels, then you can decide if it’s worth all that time and effort for the following year.