Here’s a typical Monday morning summer conversation at my house:
Me: Uh, let’s see. This week is Girl Scout Camp. So you need to pack a lunch. And a swim suit. And a towel. Oh wait, you have a BBQ today, so no lunch but you do need to bring—oh, darn. We’re supposed to bring dessert. How fast can we make Rice Krispie treats?
Fiona: Can’t we just buy something on the way? What time does camp start?
Me: I think 9:30. But I have a meeting at 9:00. I might drop you off early.
Fiona:I think that’s against the rules. They gave us a big rule book, you know. Who’s driving me home?
Me: Uh. Hmmm. I’ll check the schedule and call Debbie so she can text her daughter, who’ll tell you.
Fiona: Cell phones aren’t allowed at Girl Scout Camp.
Me: Oh yeah. That’s why we love it.
There is so much to love about summer, but let’s be real: The lack of routine can be a little hellish. Which makes the importance of habit and routine even more salient.
Not every summer day has to be as chaotic as a Monday at my house. In fact, I’ve actually found summer to be the perfect time to practice getting into good habits and routines. Creating habits is a skill, just like learning a new sport, and when we practice, we get better. Read this post from my Greater Good blog for eight research-based steps for creating new routines.