Now that we are half way through spring break, it is the perfect time to take a peek at what awaits in your first week back from break. Do you have a paper due? Readings to finish? A midterm to tackle? Or did you want to plan a meeting for that week? These are all things to consider now so you can avoid post-spring break panic!
Right now, you are a week ahead of EVERYTHING. But if you wait until the beginning of next week to start your work, you may find yourself quickly falling behind! So, here are some tips to take advantage of this week by planning both your work AND your fun! (Note: This post is based on my earlier post about Thanksgiving break, so if you have seen that, this one will be very familiar. Keep up the great break habits!)
1. Take a moment to look at your syllabi or calendars or where ever you put your assignments for which readings, papers, projects, and exams you have in the first week/first two weeks back from break.
2. From there, decide how much of that workload to tackle. Make sure to set a feasible goal for yourself. Sitting at home with your best friends Hulu & Netflix for the next week? You could probably get about half your work done. Going on a trip with friends to Miami in the next week? Aim to get one or two minor assignments done.
3. Depending on how much work you have, pick specific times or days during the break when you will decide to do NO WORK and just relax. Plan your fun days ahead of time. Taking well-deserved breaks are just as important as getting work done. By setting aside these specific times to relax, you avoid taking breaks when you “should be working.” Those kinds of breaks in which you feel guilty taking them are often not as fulfilling as a result.
4. 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.
5. OTHER TIPS: Use your travel time well. Be realistic in your planning. Don’t beat yourself up for not getting everything done.
Have a great spring break and I hope you guys are getting in some extra rest, some fun, and maybe even a little sun!