February's end is drawing ever closer, Spring Break is around the corner, and it's time to get planning! Sure, you'll need to figure out where you're going, what to wear and how to coordinate your candy-stripe pants into every out fit, but you should also be thinking about how you'll remain productive over break. While break should also be a time for relaxation and fun, the reality is that Finals are just around the corner and that many instructors assign work to be done over break as well. So in order to have fun without throwing extra stress at yourself, follow these simple guidelines. Your future self will thank you!
Plan for what's around the corner
Be sure to take a look at the deadlines you have coming up, both in terms of academics and your own well being. Is there something creeping up on you that you can't afford to avoid for the week? Set aside a little bit of time at the beginning of each day to make sure you get a little bit of work done before heading out for a day of fun.
Prioritize activities that are both productive and relaxing
We each have productive tasks that are more fun for us than others. Make Spring Break fun and productive by prioritizing reading your research on the beach, or working on that essay while you sip a cappuccino in Florence.
Take advantage of travel time
Whether you are traveling by car, plane, or train, chances are you will have a bit of downtime. Take advantage of that by reading, writing or listening to audio-books on the go. If you get a large amount of work done on the way out to break, you'll be able to have fun and relax without a guilty conscious nagging at you.
Get something done for yourself
Lastly, while it's important to keep rolling on your school work during break, it's equally important to be productive for yourself. Is there a show you've really wanted to catch up on? Binge that baby as an award for your work well done. Do you feel like updating your wardrobe this spring? Go for it! It's equally important that you take time to yourself during break.
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