Stop the Summer Slump

As the semester winds down and you prepare for summer vacation it’s important to make sure you don’t make the mistake of wasting your entire break.  Don’t get me wrong, you deserve rest, but what you don’t want to do, is get into an unhealthy cycle of doing nothing.

DO: Set goals before your break begins

DO: Make a list

DON’T: Overdue the sleeping in

DO: Learn something new

DON’T: Let time-killers get the best of you

 

DO: Set goals before your break begins

The first, and arguably most important thing you can do before your summer is in full swing is set goals.  By thinking ahead and planning you set the road-map to your time and success.  Think big picture and small picture.  Some goals can be little, day to day tasks or objectives, while others may be summer long adventures.  Note, it’s okay if a goal cannot be totally completed by the end of summer, as long as you make adequate progress, it’s worth your time!

DO: Make a list

It can be on your phone, on paper, spread amongst multiple post-its or on the back of a napkin.  The important thing here is that it’s written down!  When you write something down not only does it make it easier to organize and remember deadlines, you’re more likely to complete it.  Plus, the bonus fact, it feels so good every time you get to cross something off of that list!

DON’T: Overdue the sleeping in

Trust me, I get it.  I love sleep.  There are times I wish I could stay in bed all day and just sleep, sleep, sleep. But, that’s not how your make your summer productive, that’s how you fall behind.  Set a schedule and stick to it. I’m not saying you need to rise with the roosters every day, but be mindful of what your schedule will look like after summer.  You don’t want to get in the habit of sleeping 12 hours a night only to then need to sustain yourself off of 6 for months.

DO: Learn something new

I am a firm believer that you should learn at least one new thing every day.  I’m not saying you need to learn a new language, or master the art of floristry (though I’d be incredibly impressed if you did!) but you should learn something new every single day.  *Stay tuned for a bigger blog on this topic soon.

DON’T: Let time-killers get the best of you

Have you ever found yourself reading about the Farrah Fawcett Foundation because you saw a Kmart commercial which made you curious what year they bought Sears, whose Wikipedia page told you about the timeline of the store, which led to you read about the history of celebrity endorsements and products, that told you Jaclyn Smith was a pioneer in the fashion industry, which linked to information about how she got her household name status thanks to Charlie’s Angels, which also featured Farrah Fawcett who died from anal cancer, which brings us back to the Farrah Fawcett foundation? True story.  That’s why I avoid Wikipedia!  If you know what can zap your time away, avoid it.  For you, it might be Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.  IF you must use things that are your time-killers, be vigilant and set limits.

In the end, the summer should be a time for rest and relaxation but also learning and growth.  It’s important to make sure you enjoy your time but spend it wisely and intentionally.