Slumping on the couch all summer long? Getting a season pass to that amusement park so you can go every SINGLE day? Messing up your eating schedule, because classes are no longer blocking off your eating times? I don’t think so. Let’s face it. At first, watching tv all day long is great!…Then it gets boring. Overusing the amusement park makes you sick of it and any time your friends want to go another time you just remember how that one ride isn’t even scary anymore. You know it so well that you could give a personal tour.
I’ve had countless boring summers where I stared blankly as the tv droned on and ate junk food all day. Once school came back around, I was nowhere near ready to be productive. Read on to learn more about how you can stay alert and productive this summer.
Create a Schedule
Create an hourly schedule and fill it up! You can check out my post about how to create an hourly schedule on Google sheets or my other post about how I create my monthly calendar coming soon. Once you’ve gotten all of the hours set up in your document, decide when you want to start your day. I suggest starting off with some exercise or breakfast and a book (my personal morning go-to’s even during the school year). If you have consistent events such as a job, summer school, or church, put those hours in first. This will give you a better idea of how much time you can allocate to other things. Now, you can schedule leisure and productive activities around those stationary hours. You don’t have to fill up your whole day. However, a daily or weekly schedule gives you something to look forward to and helps you feel on top of your game.
Check out local events and activities
Craigslist, MeetUp, and the local classifieds are all great places to find out what events are happening around you. Check out your local farmer’s market. They have fresh food from local farmers that you can sample. Sometimes there’s live music and advertisements for upcoming events. I advise that you always use caution with Craigslist and be careful with the information you give out. Use your judgement for what are legitimate postings. On a good note, their activities and events categories always have posts about free live music, comedy shows, pick up games, or activity classes advertised every day. This is a great way to put yourself out there and get out of the house–something my introverted self needs to do more often. Meetup is another great site that you can peruse for your own specific interests and activities that you have been curious about. This site houses thousands of groups with different interests who are open and welcoming and willing to teach new people about what they do together. I’ve been really excited to try learning a new language, learning a new instrument, and going out some photography shoots with some of these groups.
Go to the library
I was quite the bookworm growing up. My mom would take me to the library weekly and I would come out with stacks of books. Once I got to high school, I didn’t have that sort of time during the school year to read books for leisure on a regular basis. Now, I look forward to summers where I can visit the library to pick up the next book to indulge in for the next few weeks. The local library is not only for checking out books though. They are always hosting weekly activities for all ages. Take your niece or nephew to a kids’ reading day or check out an adult coloring session.
Get a job
Face it. You have so many hours in a day and not all of it will be spent productively. Find a part-time job and make some extra cash. Find one with flexible hours to leave you with time to still enjoy your summer and hang out with friends. If you are in your latter years of high school or are in college apply for internships. This is a great way to gain experience in a field that you are interested in while building your network. Internships are valuable tools for making some extra cash, learning on a higher platform, and ascertaining what it is that you really want to do for your career.
Plan out your school path
I always like to sit down and look ahead for the what’s to come in the following school semester. For college, school registration will be coming sooner than you’re expecting and it’s better to be prepared. Check out your college plan and see which classes would be best to knock out for the next semester. My school website has a useful tool that allows students to choose their classes and set time restraints that will filter out thousands of schedule options for their specific needs.
I can go on and on about suggestions for your most productive summer yet. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can do with your summer. Don’t waste it on television and junk food.