Tips for staying productive during the Holiday Break.
Break is usually my time to catch up on anything I wanted to do, but didn’t get a chance to do during my semester. For example, finishing Breaking Bad (I’m on Season 4!), reading fiction novels, spending time with family, and getting back in shape!
Overachiever that I am, I usually cannot succumb to days of complete unproductiveness even when I’m on vacation. And this doesn’t mean that I’m running around trying to get ahead on next semester’s classes, but I always have small goals that I want to complete for myself. For example, this break I want to make time to practice Photoshop and shoot photo shoots with my friends as practice. I also want to write a lot. I want to complete small photography projects for myself, my blog, and my portfolio…and well, other things like that! So, usually what goes on is that I’ll come back home and relish on some rest for a day or two, and then get back on the horse to complete some of my personal goals.
In light of that, I’m sure I’m not the only one who was ever an overachiever, so here are some of my tips for staying productive, while also relaxing, during your break.
- Set your own hours every day. Possibly an obvious one, but don’t leave work to happen for itself. I guess what I’m trying to say is that your always more productive when you’re less spontaneous about it. Let’s face it, you’re not going to want to do any work after spending three days of doing absolutely nothing, so always set a few hours apart every day to complete your personal goals. Let that be working out or working on internship applications, etc. For example, two hours is a good number each day.
- Recognize what time of day is best for you to work. For example, during vacation I work better in the mornings, when the day still feels kind of slow, and I’m not going a hundred miles per hour thinking of what else I’m going to do the rest of the day. This way, I can focus on the task at hand, and then have the rest of the day to relax and do whatever I want with family or friends. (The reverse is true for me during the school semester. I can focus better at night when my classes are done and I don’t have to worry about being anywhere at a certain time).
- Don’t wake up too late. Sounds counterproductive, when vacation time means…well, vacation time! But the reality is that once we catch up on our sleep the first few days, we don’t need to keep doing it the remainder of the break! Sleep enough, but try to no oversleep so you can take advantage of the day ahead, do your work and spend time with family members more.
- Let your friends and family know what your goals are. This way, they can keep you accountable for getting them done, and also may even provide you with some help when necessary.
What are your goals, if any, for this break?