Top 5 Productive Ways to Spend Summer Down Time

Thursday June 23, 2016

Yes, the heat of the summer can be oppressive. And yes, there will be days when sitting on the couch in the A/C will be a well-spent application of your time. But, summer is also a time when the weather is the most cooperative, and allows for the best use of vacation and personal time away from the office

In fact, according to AAA, more than 38 million Americans traveled over Memorial Weekend 2016 alone. What does that mean for the rest of the summer time? Who will you meet along the way as you make the most of your sunny situation?

Let’s take a look at some of the best ideas for you to try, whether you’re spending time with friends and family, or flying solo on your very own adventures:

  1. Rediscover Nature:

This one seems a little obvious (and it is), but getting back in touch with the natural elements of the world can be incredibly therapeutic to your mind, body, and spirit. The beach, the lake, the mountains, the desert – find a place on the map that you have never explored before and go there. Lose yourself in some wilderness and discover something you never knew was there.

  1. Learn a New Skill:

If you’ve planned it right with the office, you have personal time. Now, you just need the drive to apply yourself, mentally and physically, to learn to do something fun, interesting, and useful. Become a Shakespearean actor in the park. Go learn survival skills. Take up yoga. Study a language. There are a million opportunities waiting for you out there, and no other time like RIGHT NOW to seize them.

  1. Go and See Them:

“They” could be anyone: your parents, your friends, that girl who got away and moved to the West Coast. It doesn’t matter who they are. What matters is the connection you thought you’d lost because of the distance, time, expense, effort – all the things we tell ourselves are in the way. Did someone say road trip?

  1. Get Lost:

We’re not saying put yourself in danger. Simply go to a city - any city that sounds amazing to you (could be your own) - and don’t bring a map. The best discoveries are the ones you never plan on making.

  1. Build with Your Hands

There is no greater sense of accomplishment than creating something useful that lasts. Whether it’s a bird house or a guest house, when you can look at something and say “I did that. Me, on my own,” it fills you with a new confidence to go out and do even more.

Whatever call you answer, be sure to stop into your local Cartridge World location this summer for all your printing needs!