Summer is almost here! Are you ready? Even if you’re still self-isolating at home in concordance with your state’s orders, you can make the most of the warmer weather and even slower pace of life.

If you need some ideas of how to do so, we’ve got you covered with a good ole fashioned summer bucket list. Only this one is a COVID-19 summer bucket list.  

1. Read a book 

Make this the summer you get through a lot of books. (Remember, “a lot” is relative!) Still not sure that you’ll actually read while stuck at home? Put some rules in place. For example, make yourself read for 30 minutes every day before you turn on the TV. I promise Netflix can wait a little longer. If you don’t know where to start, check out our 2020 reading list for business professionals

2. Join an online Bible study

Use this time to invest in your own spiritual development. Start by seeing if your church is offering anything special during the summer. If not, check the websites of your favorite teachers or ministries. You might even be able to find a special session that you can do online with a group of friends or family.  

Ready to learn something new?
Use your summer to sharpen a skill

Whether you want to grow yourself personally, learn a new skill, or both, we’ve got learning opportunities for you. Explore our Continuing Education options to find a course that intrigues you!

3. Develop your career

Speaking of learning, how about also using some of your free time to sharpen a skill or two? Right now, there are a ton of free or reduced resources and courses available for you to learn something new, no matter what industry you’re in. Check out leadership consulting firms and professional development companies to see what they’re offering right now. For example, if you work in marketing or business development, now’s the perfect time to score a few new Hubspot certifications. You can also check out continuing education opportunities from colleges and universities to see what’s available there. Start by checking out our offerings here.  

4. Explore your county and state parks

In most areas, parks are still open. So make a list, grab some good shoes, and hit a trail. Even if you’ve always said that you aren’t an outdoors person, everyone can benefit from a good walk in the woods. It doesn’t have to be anything dramatic—choose an easy trail that’s only a mile or two long. Those Saturday morning hikes are even better if they end with ice-cold lemonade and a loaded sandwich eaten at the picnic tables. 

5. Plant some herbs

If you’ve never planted anything before, try it out this summer. Herbs are the perfect place to start, especially if you’re in an apartment or have little yard space to start a full garden. Plus, herbs flourish in pots. So grab a few pots, a few herb plants, and get to planting. Trust me, it’s a lot easier than trying to grow a cucumber plant in a pot on your porch. 

6. Pick up a new active hobby

Ever thought of yourself as a golfer but have yet to try out a single swing? Head to your local course! Most of them are now open and it’s a great way to spend some time outside. You could also pick up running (although. . . how many people truly just pick up running?), biking, tennis, rollerblading (it’s still alive!), swimming, etc. If you got tired just reading that list, start with a daily evening walk around the block. 

7. Cook something new

If you’re as tired of takeout as we are, try your hand at making something at home. If you’ve never even turned on the stove, start with eggs. Smash on avocado on a piece of sourdough, sprinkle on some “everything but the bagel sesame seasoning” from Trader Joe’s, and top it with a fried egg. Viola! Anywhere out, you’d have paid at least $10 for that. If you already have the eggs down pat, try this super easy and simple focaccia (trust me, it’s actually that easy). For the advanced cook, try this lasagna with homemade pasta noodles. 

8. Plan a trip 

Here’s the thing. This will end. It will. There will be “after COVID-19.” It might not look like the same as before (and we might not ever get back to that “normal”) but maybe that’s okay. Take this time to plan for that trip you’ve always wanted to take. Whether it’s something as simple as camping out at a state park or all the way extravagant like traipsing around Europe or laying on a beach in Hawaii, use this time of isolation to plan for it. Map out the budget, make a list of must-sees and must-dos, and put some tentative dates on the calendar. Then, once personal travel is cleared, you’ll be good to go. 

Your COVID-19 summer bucket list

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you include a healthy dose of rest. We’re all feeling major effects of COVID-19 isolation by now and taking care of our physical and mental health needs to be at the top of any list we make.