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Sunday, 14 June 2015

10 Ways To Be Productive This Summer

School is almost finished for the year and summer is just around the corner. As tempting as it is to stay in bed and watch Netflix for the next 6-10 weeks, there’s so much more you could be doing with your time. Here are some of my tips for staying productive this summer.

1.     Wake Up Early 
Sleeping until 3pm is definitely not a way to be productive. Get yourself up in the morning, have a healthy breakfast and start the day with a good attitude.  

 2.     Get School Work Out of the Way
If you have any summer assignments or projects get them done straight away whilst the information is still fresh in your mind. That way you can enjoy the rest of your break and not have that last minute panic before school starts!

 3.     Get a Part Time Job/Work Experience 
If you’re starting uni in September I’d strongly recommend getting yourself a summer job to save some money. 
A lot of stores such River Island offer temporary summer jobs so just have a look around and start applying. 

You could also get work experience in your dream career. Always wanted to be a journalist? Contact some of your local newspapers to ask for work experience. Want to be a make up artist? Ask to shadow a few in your town. At the end of the day if you don’t ask you don’t get.

 4.     Volunteer 
Yes we’d all love to be earning some dough this summer but volunteering is such a valuable experience. The National Citizens Service have excellent volunteer programmes for 16-17 year olds where you can take part in team projects, help the community and have lots of amazing experiences like archery and canoeing.  If you’re feeling even more adventurous (and are aged 18-25) check out ICS’s programme where you can volunteer abroad!

 5.     Take Part in a Foreign Exchange/Work Placement Programme 
Following on from the last point, a much cheaper way to travel this summer is to take part in a foreign exchange, volunteer or work placement programme. Check with your school if they offer such programmes as this is usually safer! Also look at Halsbury Travel for secure foreign work placement programmes. My cousin took part in one last year and she loved it!

 6.     Start a Blog/Build Your Brand 
Always wanted to start and blog and never got round to it? Now’s the perfect chance to start! You have 6-10 weeks to build your blog and get some great posts up.

If you already have a blog then use this time to really build your brand and grow your blog. Go to blogger meet ups, host your own, read up on SEO and schedule posts.

 7.     Learn a New Skill 
Now is a great time to learn a new skill, whether that’s learning HTML for your blog or learning how to cook before you head off to uni. Maybe even work on an area of weakness. E/g If you’re terrible at maths then spend some time doing short exercises online.

 8.     Go to Summer School or a Short Course 
One of the best summer experiences of my life was going to the Pixiwoo Course (READ ABOUT IT HERE) and I’d definitely recommend it!  You could see what courses are available at your local college, or look for creative workshops like the Quill London CalligraphyWorkshop. There are so many amazing short courses out there and I’d strongly recommend doing one this summer.

 9.     Get in Shape 
We’re 6 months into the year and most of us have abandoned our New Year’s resolution diet. Take this time to get re-motivated, get active and get into shape. Take advantage of the nicer weather, walk to work instead of getting the bus or go for a swim on your days off– just have fun with it!

 10. Set Goals
My final tip for staying productive this summer is to set goals. Setting yourself small daily, weekly or monthly goals is a great way to stay motivated and keep track of your achievements. Write them down in a diary, or stick post it notes on your wall – it will really help!

Did you find this post helpful? What are some of your tips for staying productive this summer?

- A x



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  1. Great post, I'm going to try and wake up early every day so I can get as much in as I can but I think other than holidays I'll be working all summer.

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    1. Thanks Leesha! I'm not a morning person but here's hoping we can both get up early and get things done lol! I'm pretty much in the same boat as you work wise. I've been trying to do more crafts this summer as I haven't done any in a while but aside from that I will be working most the time too.
      - A x

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  2. Great posts! I've already been dividing up my days and setting goals, but really need motivation!

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    1. Thank you Madeline! That's great that you're already getting organised and setting goals. Hope you achieve them all x

      - A x

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  3. Thanks for this list. I have made a note of some of your tips to motivate myself during summer.

    the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw that's lovely Tanya. Hope you find them helpful! x
      - A x

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  4. I miss having a summer vacation, I remember as a kid I used to plan out my days of what I was going to watch on TV all day lol Now I work all year long, including summer... I get the weekends off though and I like to wake up early on Saturday to do as much as I can that day. Sunday is the day I usually sleep in (I don't even "sleep in"... I still wake up around 8am lol but that is sleeping in to me compared to my other days!)

    Jessica
    Pyreflies.org

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    1. Haha aw that sounds like so much fun. My Mam always used to take us to really cool local events, like dance festivals and we would draw the dancers. I'm working most of this Summer too but at least that means earning money before going back to uni. Kudos for waking up at 8am on your day off!! I'm not even alive at that time of day haha.

      - A x

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