The holidays are a time to take a well-deserved break from studying and working. However, if you seem to be getting bored of watching films in bed all day and overeating, here’s how you can stay productive during the holidays.
Start Your Assignments Early
This may sound daunting, as the last thing you want to do is more work over the holidays. But making an early start on your assignments will allow you to enjoy your holiday more without worrying about leaving work until the last minute.
Improving your physical health during the holiday season can provide great benefits, including an improved sleep pattern, increased energy, weight loss etc. Getting active helps you feel good and is proven to reduces stress levels. Use the holidays to get moving and stay productive.
Find a Job
This can be a temporary summer job or a flexible part-time job you can keep whilst studying. Many places start recruiting for summer roles early, it will give you extra cash and keep you busy during the holidays. Not sure a job is right for you? Then a summer internship could be perfect as its career orientated and allows you to learn new topics in relations to your future career goals.
Learn a New Skill
Use the holidays to take up a new skill from baking to learning a new language. Free up some time and learn a hobby or skill you have been putting off. There are many apps and online resources which give you the tools to learn a new skill. Dedicate half an hour to an hour each day to your new skill, and boost your confidence in the process.
Why not use your time over the summer to volunteer for a cause you feel passionate about? Volunteering is an exciting opportunity to meet new people, give back and help your CV stand out.
Start a Business
You don’t have to launch a new computer software but start with a small business idea such as starting your own fashion line for example. Start by writing a basic business plan and play around with designs and fonts for your branding, and before you know you’ve become an entrepreneur.
The holidays are always a good time to reconnect with friends and family members that you didn’t get to spend time with while studying. Grab your friends and check out a new art exhibition that will leave you feeling inspired. If you’re tight on time plan a day trip to explore new places. Plan a family night out to a restaurant you’ve never eaten at.
Reflect on Your Goals
It’s important to take time out and reflect on your goals, and see how far you’ve come. This is a chance for you to write new goals for the new term and set new aspirations.
Plan Your Future
With deadlines and assignments to do during term time, it’s difficult to make time to think and plan for your future. If you are unsure of a career path to take, or what you want to do after you finish studying, use the holiday break to do your research and make some plans for your future.
Use this holiday to get rid of old clothes that you no longer wear, old ornaments and books you no longer need. Sell them online or make a fun day out of it at a car boot sale with friends. You could also donate them to charity. De-cluttering your room and home will make you feel more organised and ready for the new term.
Use this guide to help you find balance during the holidays and give yourself time to relax while staying productive.