Thursday, March 16, 2017

spring break productivity



Last week was my last spring break as a college student!! As much as I wish I was doing something fun somewhere tropical, I was home getting things done. I have tons of assignments and projects due during the last weeks of March and we still have so many wedding things that we're doing.

The bachelorette party that I'm hosting is this weekend so I spent a lot of time during my spring break preparing for that - booking activities, making a tentative schedule, preparing gifts. I wasn't working all the time though! Since it was spring break, I wanted to relax as much as possible watching Netflix, the ACC tournament, and sleeping in. 

In order to make sure I was balancing my relaxation and my work, I took time each night to plan and decide what I was going to do the next day. A little time spent planning can save a lot of time during your day. I've listed a few tips below for how you can maximize your productivity this spring break.

Make short daily to do lists.

Each day have a plan with exactly what must be done that day so that you're staying on track, but make it realistic. Don't put everything off until the last day of spring break. Doing a little at a time makes a workload so much more manageable. As I've tweeted about many times, I love checking off a to-do list so make sure you're checking off as you go. You'll feel so accomplished with each task you complete!

Combine school and personal tasks for variety.

Something I've found really helps me is doing a mix of school work and other tasks not related to school so that I'm not drowning in one thing all day. I'll do one or two assignments in the morning and then spend my time making calls, crafting, or doing blog + social media tasks so that I'm being productive but it doesn't even feel like work. 

Schedule around your fun activities.

Something I mentioned that I was doing for fun was watching the ACC tournament that happened to take place during spring break. I knew what times the games came on that I wanted to see so I made sure I started my work early and was able to finish it before the game. I know if I tried to do work at the same time Duke was playing, I wouldn't be able to focus and wouldn't get anything done so I worked around it. It is spring break after all so make fun a priority.

Take advantage of this time to prepare for coming weeks.

The last thing I want to think about during spring break is everything school related I have to look forward to for the rest of the semester. I have to put that aside though and seriously take some time to plan out the assignments, tests, and projects I have ahead of me. During this week of no classes and no schoolwork, you have the time to sit down and make a game plan. Get as much done ahead of time as you can so that you aren't as stressed out later. 

Draft or schedule social media posts.

I'm not into scheduling my social media at all, but if that's something you do, now is the perfect time to get your content set up in advance. Personally, I have a stockpile of photos that I worked on during spring break saved on my camera roll so that all I have to do is post it when I'm ready. I also have drafted tweets, Instagram drafts, and blog posts scheduled so that it's one less thing to worry about when the time comes. It's nice to have content ready to go when you've been inactive online for a while and don't have the time to create something.



While it is important to get things done during this week off, don't forget to have fun! This post is part of a spring break link-up hosted by Guilianna Marie. For more spring break tips and inspiration, check out her blog and the posts linked on her page!