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The Often Overlooked Magic of a Summer List (and How to Build Your Own)

This is the summer that you do not have to miss out on anything.

Ellen Goodwin
6 min readJun 2, 2022


I hate the feeling of forgetting something.

Like when I’m heading out for vacation but I’m filled with a nagging feeling that I’ve forgotten to pack something important (that I’ll only remember right when I need it most.)

Or walking into a meeting and realizing I left an important document at home.

Then there’s the sinking feeling of standing in the kitchen, ready to start whipping up an exciting new brunch dish, and realizing I have forgotten to acquire an unusual but essential ingredient.

I’m left with either trying to contrive a workaround and hope it doesn’t matter or figuring out how to jump through some weird kitchen hoops and make something else with random pantry items and whatever leftovers are currently lurking in the shadowy corners of the refrigerator.

I never want to feel like I’ve forgotten something, especially if there is the remotest of possibilities that I have the power to prevent that situation from occurring.

Most of the time, while I do have the ability, I apparently have forgotten to exercise it because of the, um, interestingness of life. (At least that’s what I’m calling it.)

So yes, my frustrating fault.

This is why I spent part of this past holiday weekend putting together a list of what I want to make sure I don’t miss this summer. I don’t want September to roll around and experience the sinking feeling of having forgotten to do things.

So I started putting together my Magical Summer 2022 List™ to make sure I don’t miss out on any of summer’s opportunities.

A Summer List is a road map to follow to ensure I don’t miss any of the attractions along the way.

When my husband and I take road trips, I always check to ensure I don’t miss anything on our route-of-the-day. Last year we saw the World’s Largest Buffalo and the Salem Sue, the World’s Largest Holstein Cow, on the same day as we drove through North Dakota.



Ellen Goodwin

Productivity Consultant, TEDx Speaker, Podcast Co-host, Author of DONE: How To Work When No One Is Watching. Learn more at