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How To Have A Productive Summer and Escape Boredom

Any student out there will know that everyone finishes the year with the mindset that this summer is going to be the best one yet. Then, about 2 weeks later, when you’ve watched all the TV you can stand, you get mind-numbingly bored.

Today, I’m going to share with you the top 5 ways I stay motivated and organised over summer break, to avoid that bored funk and stay productive.

1. Create a weekly routine.

You know that feeling over the summer when you wake up and have to really think about what day of the week it is? Giving yourself a bit of a routine will really help to keep you on track and productive throughout your entire summer.

As I mentioned in my Dear July post, I don’t work well with timed routines, so instead, I set myself recurring daily tasks.

For example, mine looks something like this:

  • Monday – Plan 2 blog posts and social media schedule
  • Tuesday – Oddball housework tasks
  • Wednesday – Write 2 blog posts and social media uploads
  • Thursday – Planning for next week and journaling
  • Friday – A day of self-reflection and evaluation
  • Saturday – Housework and pampering
  • Sunday – Laundry and meal prepping

By creating an easy to remember structure, I get to stay on top of my goals and keep a handle on how much I can realistically achieve in a week.

2. Focus on a goal you’ve been letting slide recently.

By this point in the year, New Year’s Resolutions are all but forgotten – so why not use your free time to get back on track?

For simplicity’s sake, I pick one area to focus on at a time (say, for example, health) and focus on getting that area to where I want to be before thinking about another project.

In order to keep track of all my current and future projects, I use the wonderful OmniFocus on my iPhone (I’ll link to Kara’s wonderful video where she explains the app in detail) but something simple (and free) like Wunderlist would work just as well.

3. Get ahead.

Summer break is a misleading term if you want to be productive. Get yourself a summer job – even if it’s only a few hours a week and doesn’t pay that well, your CV will thank you if you have some related work experience in the future.

If you’re not up to that, try to beef up your CV with some online courses. There are thousands of them out there in every area you can imagine and they’ll look great to future employers.

Or, you could start some of your reading for next semester. It seems boring now, but when the workload really starts to pile on, you’ll be thankful.

Heck, you could even ease the workload by scheduling some blog/vlog posts ahead of time while you’re off.

4. Declutter your house.

This one is pretty basic, and there’s loads of really great information out there if it’s something you’re interested in. If you’re looking for an easy place to start, check out my 12 Days To Simplify Your Life Challenge post and see how it goes.

5. Make some time for self-reflection and evaluation.

As I mentioned in my first point, I do this on a Friday evening. It’s always easy to promise yourself that you’re going to have a productive summer, but the only way to really ensure you’re staying on task is to evaluate and reflect regularly.

Try to make time every week to look over what you’ve accomplished. You can do it anywhere – your bullet journal, your planner, your phone, a different notebook. Regular evaluation is really the only way to make sure you stay motivated and on task.

 

So, there you have it, 5 ways to stay on top of boredom this summer. I really hope you all have an amazing summer break, and that at least one of these suggestions will inspire you to stay productive.

If you try anything I’ve suggested in this post please let me know in the comments down below, I love hearing from you all!

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