4 Ways To Stay Productive Over Summer Break

Summer is a time for relaxing, yes, but you know what else it’s good for? Everything! Seriously, think about all the free time (unless you’re working full time) you have now that you don’t have the constant worry of due dates and figuring out where your next meal will come from.

I made myself of things I want to accomplish this summer, in prep for the upcoming few months ahead of me. You don’t have to limit yourself to these things; I just want to get you some ideas.

Learn an instrument

Personally, I’m making it a goal to conquer the art of playing the ukulele. I’ve dabbled with it for a bit, but I’ve never actually made it a priority. Now that it’s summer, I’m going to have a good amount of down time that I would love to devote specifically to that!

Not only are you teaching yourself a cool, new talent, but you’re also improving your memory, coordination, and a handful of other neat things. If you don’t have any instrument in mind, ask around, talk to people who do play, see what sparks your interest. (I think mandolin and banjo are pretty rad.)

Fly through your reading list

I’ve been so angry about not being able to read for pleasure during the school year. I have time but when it comes down to it, I never want to sit down and read after just reading five chapters on Media Effects. So now that I can fully commit to delving into a book, I’ve compiled a list of books I want to try and read by the end of summer.

Depending on how into reading you are, you can try and get as many as possible done, or if you are more of a relaxed reader, pick out a few that you really want to read and just read those. Get your fill this summer so you won’t feel so upset about it during the school year.

Find a new walking/hiking route

Hopefully you’ll be wanting to spend a whole bunch of time outside; I know I am. Being at college really sparked a need to take walks everywhere. So now that I’m back in my hometown, it’s a goal to find the perfect route(s) to spend my time exploring and relaxing.

If you want to get a little more intense, see if you have any parks or forested areas around where you are to take some hikes with a friend. I forgot how great of a workout going up and down dirt hills really was. Enjoy the wonderful weather, and take some time to really discover where you live.

Help out around the house

Now, this one isn’t necessarily fun, but I think it’s a vital part of going back home. Yes, you’re parents are going to give you a grace period of, “oh it’s fine if you sit around for 12 hours doing nothing but watching reruns of Spongebob,” but sooner or later they are going to expect you to get yourself into gear.

Don’t wait for them to ask you! Take the time to be observant while living in your house. If it looks like the carpet is getting a little dirty, get out the vacuum! If the garbage is overflowing, take it out! Not only will this get you prepared for when you have a place of your own, but your parents will be more than thrilled.

My main goal for myself, and all of you, is to just find things to do that are going to make you happy and productive. I spend a ridiculous amount of time on the Internet, and this summer I want to make sure that isn’t the case. So shut your laptop and find something neat to do!

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Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas is a freshman at University of Iowa studying Journalism and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She plans to one day be able to get paid to travel around the world writing about her adventures. The day you can find her travel book on the shelves of bookstores will be the day she has finally reached her life goal. When she is not pursuing her dreams of travel writing, she is either at the University's radio station or on her computer wasting time on Tumblr and Netflix.