4 July 2013

Counting Down the Days #GetGoodSummer



Do you enjoy learning new things about yourself?  I do.  In fact I like nothing better than a bit of self-analysis.  For that reason, I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hours I spent yesterday unpicking my Myers Briggs personality profile results. 

It transpires that I actually knew myself pretty well already.  Apparently, the bit I need to work on, is accepting that my way is not always the right one......right for me, but perhaps not right for everyone.  Sadly this also means that I will have to learn to ignore my daughter's hideously untidy bedroom, general last-minute nature and lack of organisation skills.  It would seem that she gets there in the end, we just choose a different method - ain't that the truth!

Although the test confirmed many things that I already knew about myself, I do now feel as though I have a 'seal of approval'; one which says: 'it's okay, this is how you work best and you're a nicer person all round if you're given permission to do it.' 

One of the things I am is a planner (this came out in my results more than just once!). I don't do last-minute, I'm vehemently against spontaneity and an empty calendar brings me out in a cold sweat (I am also an Extrovert - who knew?!)  If I'm not planning, I can quickly become miserable, feel totally disorganised and stress soon follows.....you wouldn't like me when I'm stressed!

At the end of the school year 2012, I wrote a list of what makes a successful 6-week summer holiday for us.  In reality, very little of it was achieved and I ended the holidays having had a lot of fun but  berating the fact that my list wasn't adhered too.  I also added a few extras for next year, which is now this year - how did that happen so fast?!


When the lovely Claire over at Clarina's Contemplations suggested supporting one another in an attempt to focus and plan Summer 2013, I jumped at the chance.  Merely thinking it through and writing down my intentions, helps hugely (as Myers Briggs proved!); having someone keeping tabs on me, makes it all the more likely that I will succeed.   
 

The idea behind 'Get Good Summer' is to share 5 things that you plan to achieve between 1st July and 1st September - either as a family or as an individual. Here are mine....

1) Decorate my son's bedroom.  This is a job long overdue.  The Boy doesn't ask for much but every now and again, he reminds me that I promised to decorate his room this year.  We've gradually replaced the teddy curtains for grown-up blinds, had new carpet fitted and had the ceiling re-plastered but I've never got round to painting it. I have one week in July when The Teenager is on Guide Camp, The Boy is at Judo Club and The Tween is.....watching TV probably!  Sounds like just the right opportunity - no excuses.

2) Work my way through this stack of books.  Have you got a pile of books beside your bed that look like this?  Some I've started and not finished, others I've not even opened yet.  I'm determined to work my way through all of these over the summer....watch this space!

3) Take the kids to Warwick Castle.  This is one place I've never been but think we would all enjoy.  We almost went last year but had to forgo the opportunity due to our little pooch who couldn't be left for an entire day in the car (the downside of having a dog). So now the summer holidays are upon us again and it's a perfect opportunity to plan ahead, book cheaper tickets and maybe somewhere to stay overnight.

4) Take up running again.  A few years ago I managed to complete a 10k run.  I took about 6 months to train for it and I really loved running - the head space, the feeling of exhilaration and the joy of achieving something.  Then both of my knees began to hurt, even after 5 minutes of running, so I gave up.  I think I know the root of the problem now and so I've bought one of those horrible blue rollers/implements of torture, to try and ease out the muscles down the outside of my leg, the Ilotibial band I think it's called.  I also need a new pair of trainers!

5) Leave one day free each week for just vegging.  Every summer holidays I forget this, I book us
up and we spend very little time at home, enjoying our garden and one another.  The OH is a great believer in children experiencing boredom and I think I'm beginning to see the logic behind this - the best times can be had at home, running around in the garden, making mud pies and creating obstacle courses for the dog .....or is this me donning my rose-tinted spectacles again?  I'll keep you posted on how that one is going (probably whilst tearing my hair out!)


Have you got some goals that you would like to achieve over the summer?  It might be as simple as finishing a book that you started last year, or making a few more home-cooked meals. If so, why not join in with the Get Good Summer linky party over at Clarina's Contemplations.

If you don't plan it, then it won't happen - that's my motto and I'm sticking with it!

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30 comments:

  1. I agree with you completely - if you don't plan it won't happen! I have had my summer plan all worked out for more than a month now....
    I am hoping to achieve at least half of it!

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    1. Or alternatively...'Fail to plan, plan to fail!' - that's another one I live my life by!

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  2. Good luck with the running! I had that exact same injury and was away from running for a few months. I wasn't myself. Just a little bit unhappier. I NEED to run. The roller is amazing, but hard work. I couldn't do it lying on my side, so did it in a sitting position. We have a fair few days over the summer doing not a lot - I'm not good at organising things for us to do - and the kids are very happy with that. They get up late, eat breakfast in front of the telly, then play in the garden or road all day.

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    1. I do think that they need a lot of this 'down time' and selfishly, just because I enjoy doing 'stuff', I organise to much. I shall probably be on Twitter more ;)

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  3. Totally with you on the stay at home thing... Often easier to get out of the house, but I think it's better for the long run to teach them to be contented at home. So glad you've linked up with #GetGoodSummer... Looking forward to seeing how you get on! Claire xx

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    1. Yes Claire, I definitely think it's about learning contentment - a useful tool to master!

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  4. Myers Briggs! Flashback. I had to use them every year for my appraisal at work. Always found out some interesting things about myself. I'm very analytical - about situations and people. I think that's a nice way of saying judgemental. I'm with you on the books - I have three sitting on my iPad ready to read and I've made the decision to cut back on blogging for a few weeks to get through them - I've been posting 3 or 4 times a week but am going to cut back to 2 or maybe 3 at a push. There's so much to do at the moment and I really want to achieve all my summer goals too.

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    1. Ha ha, I came out as 'Judgemental' too....obviously it doesn't actually mean that ;) I think that blogging can be great to get you motivated but also a time suck. Good luck!

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  5. I tend to do a bit too much planning and am a slave to my diary too. My aim is to try and "enjoy the moment",live in the present sometimes and not always be thinking about the next big thing. Of course this will not happen because I am like you (surprise surprise). The pile of books - oh dear. I have one of those and a load of unread ones on my Kindle too. Will have to stop playing Words With Friends and get down to some reading.

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    1. It's all about making choices mother dear! I don't think I'll ever change over the planning and filling up the diary...that's the way we were made and it's about learning to embrace that. I'm never going to be a spontaneous person, I just don't work like that!

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  6. We write a summer manifesto each year and the plan is to do that with the boys over the weekend. I am also looking at having a Free Range Summer -come and join me http://www.muminthemadhouse.com/2013/07/04/a-free-range-summer/

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    1. This is such a great idea Jen! I've read your post and love it - no screens and good old-fashioned fun :) You'll be seeing me over the summer!

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  7. Ok, so let me guess - ENTJ?? If so, snap!! Totally with your husband in that the kids really need time to just veg and be. My goal is to NOT fill the time up too much which is my tendency. However, we're all v sociable and friends aren't in walking distance so I do have to book/organise play dates in and picnics. Funnily enough, decorating my son's room is on my to do list too but sadly there's no way it'll get done in the holidays as they're not both at week long activities together. Sooooo the plan is to finally sort out my daughter's bookshelf whcih is brimming with books and actually find a place for those piles of work brought home from school this time LAST year!!! Enjoy the running!

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    1. Nope but almost....I'm ESTJ! I like the detail Siobhan - a perfect admin person - not a loose end in sight! I love the idea of a Summer holidays. I wonder if I'll still be saying that in 4 week's time?!

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    1. Thanks! Come and join in if you get a minute :)

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  9. I'm a planner too but an incredibly disorganised one and it is winding me up that I haven't written our Summer Bucket List yet and many others, so hopefully I'll get round to linking eventually (read as August). I've just realised it's Madam's bday next week and I've not done a thing - time to panic!! x

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  10. Like the last one! If you go to the ukmunstv competitions page there is a 2 for 1 voucher for Warwick castle. X

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  11. On the subject of the personality profiling, like all other similar tests Myers Briggs does not deal in absolutes - individuals are not either purely Introverted or Extroverted thinkers, for instance, but somewhere along the scale between the two extremes. And the most important things you can take out of them are twofold: (1) helping to understand yourself a bit better) and (2) recognising that everyone is slightly different, understanding why this is, and appreciating that there is more than one way to approach things - and that there is no 'right' or 'wrong' way.

    As I mentioned on Twitter, I'm the opposite to you om three of the four scales: INTP. And true to being a P, I don't have a list - but I liked yours!

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    1. I think the biggest thing it has helped me with, is understanding others a bit better. I already know myself relatively well but I'm not beginning to accept that others are how they are and that's okay too! Thanks for the comment :)

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  12. The one day a week for vegging sounds perfect, in the past I have always forgotten that too. This year I'm leaving every day free for vegging! Mich x

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  13. Do the running but don't over do it like me and ruin your knees! As for Warwick Castle I have seen some lovely posts from there on Country Kids so please join me after your day there too. Popping over from #PoCoLo

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  14. We've been on hols for week now already up in Scotland and if it wasn't for a visit from my mother-in-law I don't think anyone would have got dressed before midday! My OH likes plans too whereas I'm brilliant at vegging! I should have plans to do proper cleaning and sort out the garden but these are not appealing!! Helen

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  15. I like planning, it saves me having to constantly think, what can we do? I have a list of things for us all to do over the summer holidays. If I don't write it down I will forget. But I do like the sound of vegging :)
    #PoCoLo

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  16. That's a good list. Mine would have about 100 things on it. Life seems to be flying by so fast at the moment that I just can't keep up with everything x #PoCoLo

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  17. Suzanne i think i need to make this list too! i love the fact your selecting a vegging day in your plan! xx

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  18. What a fantastic idea! I love this - I must do a list too. Although I generally tend to like to 'wing it' during the summer holiday - well I did last year! Thanks for linking to PoCoLo lovely xx

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  19. So true! You have inspired me to plan something (other than the big move of course)! That stack of books is calling me already... xxx #PoCoLo

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  20. This is a great linky, and I am so down with leaving one day to just veg.... down time is important, and weather pending, it's so nice to just chill in the garden! X

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