Buzzz, buzzz, buzzzz… “Ah snap, I totally spaced I had dinner plans tonight.” Shaking my head, I pick up my buddy’s phone call, “Yo man, super sorry, I got caught up at work. I am leaving right now, I’ll be there in twenty!” Frantically stuffing my resin pack, I leave my desk behind.
Our lives behind the screen and at the desk are taking over, but this summer, that is no longer the case. Here are four ways to break the habit and make time for friends:
1. Use your calendar to lock in your friend times
While seemingly simple, the act of making a schedule and putting it into your calendar will clarify your priorities. Also, if you have reminders set on your calendar, that buzz will be the reminder (not your friend who is currently waiting for you). What does this look like? Well, say your best friend shoots you a text on Monday saying, “Summit beers Friday after work? I was thinking Mount Freel…thoughts?” You put it in your calendar and send them an invite to the event so they know you are serious!
2. Take a weekend trip into the woods… Maybe to Tahoe, CA?
What better way to keep up with your friends than camping in the woods, living out of your car, eating dinner together overlooking Emerald Bay, and co-writing a poem next to a fire. Your options are endless once you set aside the time. So, call up that buddy and schedule your next weekend getaway! Here are a few ideas if Lake Tahoe is on your radar:
- Paddle board at Bonzi Rock or Sand Harbor
- Climb at Donner Pass or Lover’s Leap
- Hike Mount Tallac
- Section hike the Tahoe Rim Trail (this would be a great summer objective)
- Float down the Truckee River
3. Pack your bag the day before, now you will be committed
Grab your favorite pack, mine is the Resin by Gregory, for all sorts of adventures. Why? Well, if I am hanging with friends post-work, I can fit an extra pair of clothes into the bag the night before, so I am ready to hike into our picnic spot. As I leave my desk, I can slip my laptop into the bag, swap my clothes and laugh at the forward thinking I had to pack a towel to hop into the freezing water of Donner Lake.
4. Make it fun, that way FOMO will hold you responsible
Keep things simple, but make plans you are so excited about that you won’t miss the time you have with friends. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
-Evening picnic on a dock (make sure to bring a bathing suit)
-Explore the public land close to your home. To discover new places, just search “public lands near me”
-Rent a paddle board and try it out on a body of water in your backyard. I’ve had fun paddle boarding on a pond in a buddy’s backyard, the possibilities are endless!
The chaos of life can seem unmanageable at times, but using these four tricks you can take charge of your schedule and get back to your friends. Just be warned, you’ll be the one calling your friends when they are stuck in the work vortex. So, be understandable and get them on board!
Written by Dalton Johnson in partnership with Gregory Mountain Products.