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Staying productive during the holidays might not sound all too appealing to you. But, I bet you will be rushing back to this post when it’s almost Easter and your GCSE’s are in a month!
Maybe you are not at the point where you need to be studying during the holidays, but it’s always good to keep to you productive routine during the holidays.
Look, I’m not telling you that you absolutely must be studying every day. No way! Not even when your exams are round the corner (then you should have at least a day or two completely off!). In short, I just want you to be the best you can possibly be! Whether that is by studying almost every day, or simply keeping all of your productive habits.
The distraction that is Social Media
Maybe you’re like me and don’t have that much of an addiction to social media – but then (oh no) the holidays come and I get shoved in front of a screen watching aesthetic videos for hours on end. Such horror!
Don’t worry, social media is not your worst nightmare. In fact, it should be your friend. You friend that you only see a couple of times a day, and never really have a full conversation with. (If that’s too much for you, don’t worry – you can do all the scrolling you want, but it’s best not to).
Social media’s such as YouTube can sometimes be thought of as productive because we are learning from them. (Sure… learning…). However, this is soooo not right. I used to spend hours and hours watching videos about how to study, time management, how to be a better person, and I wouldn’t do any work. That is definitely NOT productive.
Social media can be especially bad during the holidays. This is because loads of people might be going abroad and having a great time, while you’re stuck at home with your snotty sister and boring brother. And when you see those pictures… well, I’m sure you’ll be at least a little jealous. Then comes the fact that you are watching other people’s lives, instead of living your own.
Let me remind you all that social media is fake. Faker than the fake smile we’ve all used when someone’s taking a picture of us and we are in a bad mood.
How to have a productive holidays
Really, you want to take into account how long your holiday actually is. Is it 1, 2 or 6 weeks long? This plays a big factor in deciding how to be productive. The steps I’m about to show you are going to work for any holiday length, but you can’t use them in the same way for every holiday.
1 – Wake up at the same time everyday
It is important to have a routine. If, on a school day, you normally get up at 5am, you do NOT need to do this during the holidays, I would actually advise against it, because the holidays should be a time where you get your energy up and you refill your cup. Instead I would choose to continue waking up early (but slightly later than normal), at around 6:30-8 o’clock.
Personally, during the holidays, I get up at the time that I would normally get up at on the weekends, which tends to be around 6:45-7:30. This changes on a daily basis because I do not get up when my alarm goes off. On these days, the alarm is there to ensure that I will wake up early, not get up early. The getting up part is down to me.
I find that this makes my morning much nicer, because I allow myself to wake up slowly and spend time listening to the birds. After I get up, my routine is very similar to my week day routine, it has a few extra steps that only ever include when I haven’t got anywhere to be.
2 – Set weekly or daily goals
During school-time we often find ourselves making goals based on terms and months – which is good. However, the holidays should also have goals, but they don’t have to be based around school.
Weekly goals should be used during each holiday. However, I don’t think that daily goals would be appropriate for the summer holidays (which are 6-7 weeks long), because you may eventually run out of ideas. Think of goals as challenges. 6 or 7 challenges aren’t that hard to come up with. But around 45 challenges? Not as easy.
In complete disagreement with what I just said, daily goal (challenges) may be even MORE important in the summer than any other holidays. I can’t be the only one who can never remember what day of the week it is during the summer holidays. Daily challenges split things up a little, making it easier to distinguish between the days.
3 – Re-organise your space
I know not everyone is a fan of cleaning and organising, but I can’t help it. I love rearranging my space! And I know you might too, even if you don’t think you do.
Start with something small, like a shelf in your bedroom. Move things around until it seems nicer, maybe a bit more you.
I know that a good re-organisation of all my stuff can do me a world of good. And it’s something easy to do in the holidays to spare you from boredom for a bit.
Other tips for staying productive during the holidays!
Do not (and I swear if you do-) stop yourself from having fun in the name of productivity! It’s the point of the holidays. We get a break from school for a reason!
Staying productive during the holidays does not mean that you need to be bored out of your mind. It simply means you don’t stop being productive. You might slow down a little on that end, you might take a nice break, but you still hold onto your habits and rituals that allow you to be productive.
Don’t be too hard on yourself!
You are the only you that you are ever going to have, so be nice to yourself! Especially during the holidays! DO NOT FORCE YOURSELF TO GET UP IF YOU REALLY DON’T WANT TO! Do not make yourself do anything that you hate doing. That’s not even just a holiday thing, you shouldn’t really force yourself to do things you hate (school is a different story, okay?).
I hope you’ve realised that being productive in the holidays is not the same as being productive during the school term. All it takes is being able to keep your productive habits in tact, so that you don’t have to build them from scratch when school starts again!
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