100+ Fun and Useful Summer Goals for Personal Growth
Svitlana Popovska

100+ Fun and Useful Summer Goals for Personal Growth

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For many, the summer season is for lazy activities, well-deserved rest, and doing nothing and being pleased about it. However, the summer months are when we have more vitamin D than at any other time of the year. So, why not use this additional energy and great weather to do something useful?

Let's get a new skill, establish a morning routine, start an online course, etc. We promise you that this list of goals for summer won't spoil your vacation and tire and bore you.

xTiles is about changes whenever you feel like it. In this blog post, you will find a summer bucket list to make these months as great and rewarding as possible and a little bonus in the end.

How to create a summer goal to-do list?

Setting summer goals doesn't differ from your usual goal setting. However, if this is one of your weaknesses, we're here to help.

First of all, you need to remember that the time is limited. So, you need to plan only activities you can manage until the end of the summer. Also, it may take a bit longer because at least the beginning of September seems much like summer, too.

We recommend you try the xTiles 3 Months Planner Template. Also, while you're collecting some great ideas for your summer, there's no need to refuse those that can't be put into a three-month space. Try our Bucket List Template for your long-term goals.

If you're not sure how to make some of your ideas become true, you may try our Vision Board Template. It will help you visualize your idea and plan it. Also, you may create a dedicated vision board to capture your great summer and all the things you managed to accomplish during it.

When planning your summer, try to spread your activities evenly through your free time. Otherwise, you will have a very intense month or a few weeks, and will end up tired.

If you set summer goals where your friends are involved, ensure they are free at the time, so you won't be left alone in the end with your summer bucket list untouched.

Summer goals to spend perfect time and grow

Summer often is about taking a break. People go on vacations, and whole cities become slower and less crowded. However, if you hate the idea of laying all day long near the sea and want to use these months to learn more, achieve more, develop more, and simply have a good time, this set of goals is for you.

Disclaimer: You don't have to use it as a to-do list. If you don't like something, skip it. If you think that you can improve something, go for it. This article, just like xTiles itself, is for inspiration, new ideas, building new connections, and keeping chaos from every sphere of your life.

1. Learn something new

Some would say that summer isn't the time for learning. Learning ends with the school year. However, when it's summer, you're free to learn what you want to, not what your curriculum tells you. Online learning is a huge thing these days, offering you easy access to knowledge that was impossible to reach a few decades ago.

Learning during summer doesn't have to be connected with things you learn during your academic year. People, universities, companies from all over the world are out there sharing their experience and expertise, waiting for you to grab it. Many of these courses come for free or at a minimal price. Also, those who sell their courses are interested in making them interactive and easy to watch, so they shouldn't be boring and dry.

2. Start a blog

Why not let people know that you're having a great summer? Maybe there was something you wanted to talk about for ages? Your blog can be dedicated to your life or to something you know a lot about. Also, it can take various forms: from a video blog on YouTube, to writing and publishing blog posts on Medium or Facebook, from short videos for TikTok, to photos and short texts on Instagram. Also, you can start a podcast with your friends.

There are tons of options, so you can find something to spend your summer days nicely.

3. Get a new hobby

Summer is the time to start something you've been postponing for years. A pottery class? What a lovely idea. Crocheting? One more great idea. You can start something your friends like doing, so this way you can spend even more time together.

These summer days are perfect for new goals you wouldn't even think about normally.

4. Go on a fun adventure

Warm weather contributes to adventures. Take your backpack, leave your comfort zone, and go for a hike. It doesn't have to be a long distance one if you don't feel like it. Yet, new places will help your mind to get some rest.

5. Organize regular board games evenings with your friends

Spending time with your friends is an important thing. However, if all of your evenings seem to look similar, it's time to try something new. You can start a tradition of playing board games. You will communicate more than ever, yet be aware of the threat games like Monopoly pose.

6. Start skincare routine

Summer is the best time to start your skincare routine. Dermatologists and skincare enthusiasts keep telling us how important SPF is, especially during the summer days when UV is high. It's only you, your bathroom mirror, and 15 minutes a day to apply your moisturizer and SPF, and you're good to go.

You don't have to buy 20 different products to protect your skin. However, it would be an intelligent decision to consult a doctor first or at least learn a bit about your skin type and what products you may need. The xTiles Self Care Checklist Template will help you build the routine you like.

Remember that sometimes even a doctor can't recommend something that will satisfy you 100% because skincare is often about experimenting and trying something new.

And remember to stay hydrated during these hot days, otherwise no moisturizer on the planet can keep your skin glowing, fresh, and young.

7. Live for a few days in another plac

If you live in a big city, you probably don't go outside the neighborhoods where your home and work are. This way, you may never discover new places.

Rent a house or an apartment in a neighborhood or district where you have never been before and spend a few days strolling around it. The experience will be completely different from when you visit another country or city, yet there will be much to see and discover.

8. Meditate outdoors

Another goal to make you spend more time outside. It can be your backyard or your balcony. You don't even have to go to a park if you don't want to. Just create a cozy place where you can relax and reconnect with your mind.

Meditation is more about self-care than spending time in a fun way, so be ready that you may need time to get rid of the noise inside your head.

9. Read at least 5 books

Reading is the easiest and the cheapest way to spend your time. A book may become a new friend you needed to spend quality time with. You probably have a list of books you've been wanting to read for ages, but more important stuff kept you away from them. Well, it's time.

Grab those books and go to your favorite café, park, or your sofa and read. You may use the xTiles Reading List template to track your progress, especially if there are more than 5 books you want to read.

If you decide on having a blog, what you read and what you think about it may become great material for writing a blog post.

10. Volunteer for a cause you care about

Become a part of a local charity event to support your local dog shelter or home for elderly people. Choose something you deeply care about and dedicate a few days to help them raise funds or awareness about the issue.

11. Learn to cook a few new healthy recipes

Summer is a great time for cooking because we have plenty of seasonal vegetables and fruits at much lower prices than at other times. It can be a solo cooking or with your friends where you listen to music you like.

Try to cook something you've been dreaming to eat for a while, but your local restaurants don't serve it. Or you can try to cook something from your favorite movies or books. There are tons of options and books and blogs where you can find the needed recipes. "Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers" is one of the most popular.

If you plan to cook regularly, you may try the xTiles Meal Ideas Template to collect interesting recipes.

12. Take up gardening or grow your own herbs/vegetables

What if you don't have to buy vegetables and fruits for your cooking? If you have a patch of land available, you can try to grow your own veggies and herbs. Many people somehow manage to do it, having only a balcony and a pot of soil.

Choose something that doesn't require much attention if this is your first time. If growing something to eat is too much of a bother, you may try to grow flowers. This way you kill two birds with one stone by having a beautiful place to read, meditate, spend time, and having something to do.

13. Declutter and organize your living space

When the heat becomes too unbearable to stay longer than 5 minutes outside, you may try to find something to do inside, except for scrolling on your social media. Decluttering and organizing your living space will have a positive impact on your mindset, will make you more productive, and give space for new items and hobbies.

You may try the xTiles Cleaning Log Template to organize the process from A to Z. Also, you may declutter your digital space. If you want to learn more on how to turn your digital mess into an organized system, check our blog post.

14. Spend more quality time with your family and friends

Longer days grant us the ability to spend time with people we usually see every single day, so the idea to dedicate time only to them rarely crosses our minds - our loved ones.

A movie night with your mom and dad, having pizza with your sibling, having a great outdoor adventure with your school friends may be the exact thing you need to recharge yourself.

15. Start a daily exercise routine or try a new fitness activity

If you're ready for more goals for your summer, add physical activity to your summer bucket list. You don't have to run 10 miles every morning. Just choose what you really like and do it when you feel like it. Completing 10,000 steps in a day can be great progress if you usually use your car to commute everywhere you go.

Additionally, you spend more time in nature if you choose to do, let's say, yoga in your garden.

You can track your fitness goals and progress using the xTiles Fitness Calendar Template.

More goals and ideas for unforgettable summer

To make the most of your summer and ensure every moment counts, explore our free dedicated actionable template. It provides 85+ ideas on how to fill these three months with new memories and experiences.

This ready-to-use template not only offers a wealth of ideas but also serves as a tool to help you organize your summer goals and activities. Simply download the template and let it guide you toward an enriching and fulfilling summer experience. Use it daily as your summer to-do list and track your progress to see how much you've accomplished by the end.

Summing up

This article presents a bucket list of fun and useful summer goals that can help you make the most of these months without turning your vacation into workaction or tiring you out. From learning new skills and starting a blog to getting a new hobby, going on adventures, and spending quality time with loved ones, there are numerous ways to enrich your life during the summer.

Don't let the summer pass you by without seizing the chance for personal growth and enrichment. Utilize the power of xTiles to create a summer bucket list tailored to your interests and aspirations, and make the most of these rejuvenating months!


Where can I easily collect all my summer plans and track my progress?

You can use the xTiles app and its various templates like the 3 Months Planner, Bucket List, and Vision Board to easily collect and track all your summer plans and progress.

How to set goals for the summer?

Setting summer goals doesn't differ much from regular goal setting. Remember to plan activities you can realistically manage within the limited summer timeframe.

What are some examples of fun and useful summer goals?

Some examples include learning something new, starting a blog or podcast, getting a new hobby, going on adventures, starting a skincare routine, living in a new neighborhood, reading books, volunteering, cooking new recipes, gardening, decluttering, spending quality time with family/friends, exercising, and attending local events.

What activities to choose to get new life skills during the summer?

To gain new life skills, consider taking an online course, starting a blog or podcast, learning to cook new recipes, taking up gardening, or trying a new hobby like pottery or crocheting.

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