With the long summer break, comes a lot of time on our hands. It can get difficult and overwhelming knowing exactly what to do with it so a lot of people (like myself) revert to just not doing anything! There’s so many options and so many things to do that my brain just wants to not choose and it wants to shut down and relax instead. Don’t get me wrong, that’s good on some days but not everyday because life comes at us fast and we should be milking each day with the potential it holds.
Here are some ideas:
As someone who volunteers weekly, I wholeheartedly back this suggestion. It’s such a fulfilling and productive activity. I’ve met so many individuals and interacted with so many people from all different walks of life. It definitely is guaranteed to shift your perspective and challenge your priorities.
Check out volunteering opportunities here.
You’ve just gotten your marks and if you’re satisfied (as you can get) with them, go on and treat yourself. Buy yourself that jacket you’ve been wanting! Go on that roadtrip you’ve been planning with your friends for ages! Call all those people you’ve had to bail on for plans and make new plans! Eat at your favourite restaurant or eat at a new place and find a new favourite restaurant! Frolick at the beach! Say yes to everything! Now’s finally the time to do all the things you didn’t do or had to not do because of university.
Get your Christmas shopping done
Christmas is literally right around the corner (13 more days!!!) so don’t leave things to do the last minute. Get out of your bed and buy gifts for all the special and important people in your life. I’ve procrastinated some but so far, I’ve done a fair bit of the Christmas shopping that I’ve needed to do.
Make a goals board
This will help you keep track of where you currently are now and where you want to be. You can go the practical route and put up a weekly to-do list or put up reminders of what you need to get done in the next month or so. A shopping list, here. A list of bills-to-pay, there.
Or you can also go the long term route and put up photos of where you’re working to be in 5 or 10 years time. Put up photos of a country you’d want to travel to, a face you’d want to meet, an accomplishment you’d want fulfilled, etc.
It’s good to have a visual representation of what you want the future to hold for you. It’s good to see the goals you want to achieve, it makes it more tangible and helps you make yourself more accountable on days where you want to be lazy and not do anything productive.
Read a book and then read another one
Now’s the time to read for pleasure. There’s a quote that goes, “anyone who isn’t a bookworm has just not found the right book to read.” and I’m a firm believer of that. There are plenty of books out there that are about everything under the sun- and even on the sun, even miles away from the sun. Surely, there is a book out there for you.
Start your day with a cup of coffee and a good book. It’ll help you and your brain wake up and function well.
(Maybe even read some of your coursework in advance? No? Oh okay.)
Hope you all are having a good break so far!