When we work so hard during the semester, it can be really hard sometimes to even try and think about work over our well-deserved breaks. For many people, Thanksgiving break is a time for family, for food, for high school friends, for long security lines at the airport, and whether by car, train, or air, even longer trips home. So during all that, who has time for homework?
In this post, I hope to convince you, Wesleyan student, of the importance of adding homework to your schedule during this Thanksgiving break, and how you can do so without adding stress to your break.
You may or may not have realized it, but when we come back from Thanksgiving break next Sunday, we will only have 1 more week of classes left and then finals start right away the next week after that, after those measly “reading days.” That means that all those assignments (read: projects, presentations, final papers, tests) that seemed forever away are now actually less than 1 week away!
IF this realization is hitting you hard, the first thing to do is take a DEEP breath. DON’T PANIC. Here is a way for you plan your work AND your fun so that this break can be both productive and relaxing.
- Before leaving campus, take a look at your syllabi or calendars or where ever you put your assignments for which readings, papers, projects, and exams you have in the last weeks of school, including your finals.
- Of those for the next week, pick about HALF of that workload to bring home with you. There is nothing worse than an unopened textbook sitting on your desk waiting to be packed up again Sunday morning at the end of break. If you know what you plan to get done, it will seem less daunting. The goal is to feel accomplished not guilty.
- Depending on how much work you have, pick one or two days during the break [Wed – Sun] when you will decide to do NO WORK and just relax. Maybe you know you will be traveling with your family Thanksgiving day and do not want to work about work that day. Maybe you have a big reunion with your high school friends Saturday night or you want to wake up early and shop for Black Friday and then sleep the rest of the day away. Whatever it is, plan your fun days ahead of time. This is just as important as planning your work because breaks are an important time to replenish before finals.
- Now, looking at your schedule and knowing how much work you have and which days you have free, commit at least a couple hours on each of those days to work. Maybe you know you can wake up around 9am and have breakfast and work from 9:30am – 12pm. Maybe you have a free afternoon from 1pm – 4pm and you can get work done then. Figure out when will work for you and commit to that. No pressure to get all of it done, just make it your goal to be productive during those hours so you can spend the rest of your time relaxing. You’d be surprised how much easier it is to get done, once you start.
- OTHER TIPS: Use your travel time well. Be realistic in your planning. Don’t beat yourself up for not getting everything done.
Good luck and have a great Thanksgiving, y’all.