How to make the most of the change in seasons.

While summer officially has more than a few weeks to go, the reality of summer is quickly coming to an end. Summer vacations are over, Labor Day has come and gone, and school has starting up again.

What can you do to make sure your summer ends as well as it began?

Finish what you started.

Sometimes we find ourselves putting off the end of a project because we believe we’ll always have time “later.” There’s no better way to feel like you’ve accomplished something this summer — no matter how big or small that something is — by simply finishing it up.

Don’t worry, be happy.

Many of us spend a lot of time worrying about things we have little or no control of. Why expend the energy on needless worry when you could be expending it on some last-minute summertime activities like going to the pool, hitting up an amusement park one last time, or even just spending time with family and friends? Sometimes the simplest activities can turn out to be the most enjoyable.

Prepare now, so you won’t be overwhelmed later.

Organize yourself now for the next few months, and you’ll find yourself less likely to get bogged down in things you could’ve done earlier. You might also find it’s a great way to relieve stress; being organized helps a person feel more in control of their own destiny and life. I’m a big fan of re-examining and setting goals on a quarterly basis for this very reason.

Reconnect with the people you care most about.

Summertime’s also a great time to take stock of your friendships, since you have more time and aren’t as distracted by work or school. Who haven’t you spoken to in a while? Give them a call and get together. Who has become dead weight in your life? Time to cut the line on those friends in order to make room for some new ones. People change and grow. While we’d like to think our friends are always going to grow with us, that’s simply not realistic. Sometimes we simply grow in different, separate directions.

Don’t let it hang or simmer.

Sometimes we do something over the summer months we later regret. Maybe we get into an argument with a best friend, or ignore an invite from a favorite aunt. Maybe we blew off one set of friends to spend more time with another. Whatever it is you might have done, don’t let it keep simmering after the summer is over. Now’s a great time to make amends, before the hectic pace of fall makes all of our lives more stressful and less forgiving.

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The end of summer is the perfect time to recharge, reorganize, and get reacquainted with your values and goals. Take stock of how things are going, what changes you’d like to make, and set a plan in motion for the fall.

You’ve got this!