How To Have A Productive Summer

Everyone’s definition of productivity is different. To some people, being productive is synonymous with academic work e.g. preparing for future classes/exams, reading books around your subject or revising previous content. To others, productivity means focusing on their health and fitness. 

1. Read books. Many many books. This is something that is always at the top of my summer to do list, because it’s the thing I miss doing most when I have lots of university work to do. To see which books I’ve been reading and loving, take a look at my Goodreads page. 
2. Take an online course. There are so many online resources that can be used to learn almost anything imaginable. My favourite sites include: KhanAcademy, Codecademy and YouTube.
3. Volunteer. This can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your free time and it definitely doesn’t have to be as boring as many people seem to think it is. It’s very easy to find volunteering work that aligns with your interests. 
4. Teach yourself a useful skill like HTML, Python etc. Knowing how to code is one of the most useful skills you can have these days and there are countless resources available online to help you. However, programming is not the only skill you can learn online. Some other idea include: photography, photo editing, calligraphy, graphic design, SEO, web development and so much more. One of my favourite places to learn new skills is Skillshare
5. Learn some new recipes. Summer is one of the best times to dig out those old cookbooks and try out some new recipes. Many ingredients can be bought fresh at this time of year, so food will taste even better (YAY!)
6. Learn a new language. Learning to understand and speak a foreign language alone couldn’t be easier with the number of apps, websites and free worksheets available online. I’ve been trying to improve my German vocabulary by reading books and making a note of any new words or phrases that I come across. 
7. Watch documentaries and TED talks. Rather than passively binge-watching another Netflix show, you could watch a documentary or TED talk to learn something new or become inspired by someone else’s ideas. 
8. Go to museums and art galleries. Visiting your local museums and galleries can be a more interactive way of learning more about a certain topic without having to sit and read books/articles. You might even discover that you are interested in something you weren’t even aware existed? 
9. Listen to podcasts. If you’re not much of a reader, maybe try listening to podcasts? They are a great way to get inspired, become more educated and work on your own personal development all through listening to experts in a given field. 
10. Try to get fit and healthy. This is another obvious idea for the summer holidays, but is important enough that I feel it needs to be added to this post. Use your free time to set up a good workout routine and get back on track with your diet before you get back into more stressful times. 
11. Declutter your bedroom/house. Although this is something I believe you should be doing periodically throughout the year, the summer is a great time to deep clean your room or house and get rid of the things you no longer need. You could donate these things, sell them and make a bit of extra cash or throw them away – either way, try to get the clutter out of your house.
12. Learn to play a new instrument. Playing instruments can be one of the easiest ways to be creative and relieve stress, but also helps you with your memory and improves your patience. I’ve found that learning a new piece of music gives me a huge sense of achievement.
13. Take up a summer internship. This is one of the most obvious ways to spend your summer break, especially if you are a student. Internships are especially useful if you aren’t sure what you want to do after you graduate as they can help you understand the realities of the working environment. 
14. Travel. For me, the amount that I travel is a mark of my productivity during summer. I always aim to spend as much time exploring new cities and countries as possible! In addition to being fun, it is another amazing way to learn more about different cultures and history. 

15. Relax and enjoy your summer!Instagram | Tumblr | Blog | Etsy

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