hello again dear friends!!! a lot of you have asked me how to stay productive during holidays + this is just a tiny masterpost to help you make the most out of your holidays :]
wake up early!!! this helps you get stuff done
also don’t sleep too late at night [unless it’s christmas eve or new year’s eve then i understand why you’re still up]
take time for yourself!!! practice your hobbies, take baths, go on vacation, sleep a little bit more…take a day to do whatever you may feel like doing, holidays shouldn’t be stressful [here are some ideas]
finish that book you wanted to finish or start a new one!! remember life is not just studying all the time
prioritise what you need to do + get your homework done asap!!! do the trickiest tasks first so you just have simpler ones left to do [if any]
revise!! this will help you just in case you have any important exams coming up after the holidays or just to keep your mind refreshed on the material you did in class
make a list of goals you want to accomplish next year!!
find time to go shop for gifts [if you do that sort of thing]
keep in contact with your family and friends!!! the holidays are the best time you get to talk to your family and friends, hang out with your friends and visit your relatives
organise your desk/room etc!! this helps you to free your mind and helps you stay productive [plus it’ll be prepared for the next scholastic term]
try to fit in time to exercise or go for a nice walk
I have had so much trouble doing anything but nothing this winter break, but I really ought to make progress on my BA thesis. Simultaneously, I want to enjoy break as much as I can! Here’s some tips etc. that I have uncovered in my attempt to motivate myself and relax this winter break.
Make a study schedule - you deserve a break and should take one, so I’d say keep it vague and leave yourself plenty of free time, but it does make it easier to do things once you set goals. What I do is set one goal per day. Once I get that out of the way, I have freedom!, but if I just can’t one day, it’s okay because it won’t be too bad to do two the next. Over the course of a few weeks, it’ll all get done, so it’s alright!
Make a list of what you want to get out of break - not just what you want to get done. For example, I’m prioritizing relaxing. I’m feeling pretty burnt out, and the worst thing is to still feel that way when the quarter starts. Like, ideally, I wanna be borderline bored and just really want to study again once school starts back up. During break, I want to do some reading for fun, cook some new recipes, and hang out with old friends.
Clean up your space, and maybe do a bit of decorating. Make your study space comfortable and cheery, and soon you will find it too hard to resist that ~studyblr aesthetic~ and you will give in to temptation and crack open your textbook. Or so I like to tell myself.
Prepare for Next Quarter/Semester - even if they’re not the most pressing matters, taking some small steps can get you in a productive mood, and at least get something out the way!
Look up the syllabi for your classes. Download readings and/or buy textbooks (and if you’re really productive start reading them!)
Set up your notebooks. I use a composition notebook for each class, so over break I like to buy them, set up a table of contents, number the pages, etc. Then, if I’m feeling productive, I might even start taking notes in them…
Channel gemütlichkeit (in German), or you might’ve heard of hygge (in Danish) (tbh this is only here because I think these are great words)
Read/re-read some of your favorite books. I’ve been reading The Hobbit (for the first time actually!) and re-reading Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (which I first read way back in elementary school so it kinda feels like reading it for the first time…)
Good luck with whatever you choose to do with your break, and happy holidays!!
15/100 Days of Productivity 19/12/2015// I woke up with a really bad headache this morning so all I’ve done so far is plan out what I need to do with the two weeks I have off school, I’ll probably end up adding to it as I have mock exams in January
(Happy Christmas break everyone!)
“So what are your plans for break?”
“Oh we should hang out some time!”
“No you don’t understand. I’m doing nothing. No. Thing. At all.”
*rolls up into blanket burrito and slithers towards nearest internet*