After my two week winter break, I had a week of school, a week of midterms, and now a three day weekend. However, I feel that I haven't been very productive, at least as effective as I was before the break. I feel like that is the common problem for most people after a winter break. Here are a couple tips for getting back on your feet!
Most likely during Christmas break you stayed up late(r) and therefore woke up late(r). I'm talking midnight or later til around or after noon. I understand that during a break. You go to relatives' houses, eat a lot, talk a lot, laugh a lot, staying late. You are exhausted when you finally stumble into bed. Well I'm sorry to say that is not a good start if you want to be productive post-break. Go to sleep as early as you can, hopefully around 10-11 at the latest. Set an alarm for whatever time you have to wake up for work/school or at the latest 9:30. If you are someone who sleeps through your alarm or snoozes it for an hour, you need to set a loud alarm on your phone or a portable clock and leave it out of your reach. That way you have to get out of bed to shut it off and you will feel awake, rather than slowly falling off your bed and napping on the floor and then zombie walking to the bathroom because you can't wait any longer. You'll just feel groggy. If you get up and move around you will feel much more awake.
I have never understood you people who don't eat breakfast (or lunch for that matter, but that's not what we are talking about). I always have to eat breakfast or I get light headed. If you eat breakfast you won't be distracted mid morning by your grumbling stomach. For those of you who don't have time, eat on the way to work/school. It doesn't have to be big- you can have a granola bar or a banana or something. Just eat breakfast! You will feel a lot better and won't be distracted.
Getting assignments and deadlines and schedules etc throughout the day and telling yourself, "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember!" Ha. Unless you have a super good memory, you need a planner. You can use a day planner, a notebook, a wall calendar, a desk calendar, your phone calendar, your Google calendar, so many things. You will be organized and therefore productive! Plus you won't forget to do anything.
4. Work Space
Keep you work space clean. Whether it's your cubicle or your desk at home, keep it neat. Also work away from any distractions, i.e. television, YouTube, texting, etc. You need to keep work separate from chilling out. And don't sit on a squishy chair. You will be enveloped by the comfiness and probably end up sleeping.
What do you do to stay productive after a long break? How have any of these tips helped you? I'd love to hear your story! Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a fantastic day :)
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