What does your summer look like? Do you keep a strict schedule all summer long? Or is it a complete free for all?
I am somewhere in between. I like to have a relaxed routine with plenty of free play and free time, but I do think some structure for summer can be very helpful.
It can be beneficial to take the time to map out your ideal week. This Weekly Planning Printable will help do just that. You can use this week-at-a-glance printable to outline your week. Taking a bit of time to plan out your ideal week will help you stay on track.
It will also help you make sure you are prioritizing the most important things, so your life aligns with your values and priorities. If we don’t step back sometimes our life is overrun with busywork and not the most important work.
If you just choose to fill out a more vague routine with just a few set commitments, it can be helpful for other family members to see at a glance what your plan is for the week. Children can thrive on routine and making a schedule for them may help if they need to know what their day looks like.
If you prefer a stricter schedule, you can also use this printable to write out your full schedule or time-block for the week. Plan your morning and evening routines, add in your work time, family time, outdoor time, exercise, self-care, kiddo nap/quiet time, and more.
I hope that this weekly planning printable will give you a guide to follow for a great week! The printable includes hour-long time slots between 5 AM and 12 PM. It is also black and white (except for the summer version adds a splash of color) so you won’t waste all your printer ink.
You may find the summer version helpful as you plan for what you want your summer to look like. I want plenty of free time and outside time, but I do have a few goals for the summer. I share in this post that if there is anything you struggle to fit into the school year, the summer is the perfect time to add it in.
For my family this summer it includes:
- plenty of outside free time – we have our eyes on either this Ninja Warrior obstacle course or this one for our backyard!
- hiking and other outdoor family activities – (If you are looking for quick and simple outdoor activities: Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable or Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt Printable.)
- more family reading time (I’m currently reading this to my daughters and they love it!) – Check out Read Aloud Revival if you need a book list for your kids. If you need books for yourself, check out this list of my recommended books.
- teaching them a few new chores. I am looking at chores that they can do from start to finish…in other words chores they can complete on their own. (Bonus: this means taking a few chores off my plate!)
- additional family devotional time
- go through this Summer Camp Children’s Activity book – my kids are enjoying this so far
- consistent piano practicing
- weekly math review
If you are looking for screen-free projects for your kids and you have a girl that enjoys crafting, get 2 Creative Girls Club craft kits for under $4. Use SHARE80. If you look around, you will also see that they have crafting clubs for adults too. So find yourself something fun to do also! There is a club for crocheting, quilting, beading, woodworking, and more.
A few quick tips for your summer as you write out your schedule:
Don’t add in daily screen time. (Use screen time to your advantage.)
We don’t have a daily screen time allowance in my home. I use screen time strategically and I can tell you it’s so helpful.
Why do I not allow daily screen time? It’s just not a battle I want to add to my day. If we are having a busy and fun day, I don’t want my children fixated on their daily screen time. I don’t want them to feel like they are entitled to that time. I want them to figure out other ways to entertain themselves.
That being said…don’t think that we skip screens entirely. There may be a day when I need to get something done and we pull out a movie. Or there may be a day that I just need a break and they get more than a tiny amount of time with a game on the kindle. I just use the screen when it’s best for me and the flow of our day.
I realize that if daily screentime is your routine, it may be hard to change that. It probably will be quite the struggle! But I definitely think it will be well worth it.
Keep Sleep a Priority
If you struggle to make sleep a priority, I share a few morning books and resources here.
You can also track your sleep on this printable.
This article from Your Modern Family shares the importance of consistent routines & regular bedtimes.
Your transition into the school year will probably go easier if you still keep a sleep schedule.
Let me know:
Do you take time to plan out a RHYTHM for your week?