This article was taken and adapted from https://www.daniel-wong.com/2015/11/09/productive-things-to-do-during-school-holidays/
Exams are over.
Now what are you going to do with all your free time?
Here’s a list of 27 worthwhile things to do.
1. Reflect on the semester gone by.
Take out a sheet of paper and answer these three questions:
- What did I do well in the past semester?
- What did I not do so well in the past semester?
- What will I do differently in the coming semester?
2. Set process goals for the coming semester.
This is a follow-up to Point #1.
Set process goals for the coming semester instead of performance goals, because process goals are far more effective.
What’s the difference between the two types of goals?
Process goals are what you intend to do, while performance goals are what you intend to achieve.
Here’s an example:
- Performance goal: Get an A for maths next semester.
- Process goal: Do three extra math questions every day after dinner.
By setting process goals, you’re more likely to take action than if you only set performance goals.
So take some time and set 5 to 10 process goals for the coming semester.
3. Watch educational YouTube videos.
4. Get a job.
Don’t worry too much about what the job will pay. As the saying goes, “Take a job for what you will learn, not for what you will earn.”
This is especially true when it comes to school holiday jobs. The best learning experience might just come in the form of an unpaid job or internship.
5. Learn a new language.
6. Find a cause you care about.
The school holidays are a good time to give back. Find a cause you care about, and start thinking of ways to support that cause.
As a follow-up to Point #7, find a practical way to serve and contribute. You could volunteer to clean up the beach, help out at a nursing home or animal shelter, or deliver meals to the elderly.
8. Improve your physical health.
You have more time during the school holidays. So this is a great opportunity to start sleeping well, exercising regularly, and eating healthily.
9. Learn a new skill.
You could learn skills like…
- Public speaking
- Positive thinking
Reading a good book can help you relax and learn more about something you’re interested in.
11. Take an online course.
12. Build or fix something.
Fix a broken fan, build a computer, or make a table. These are skills that will come in handy in the future.
13. Visit museums.
A trip to a museum will make you more knowledgeable, and you’ll probably leave feeling inspired too.
What’s more, it’s typically free (or cheap) to get in.
14. Start a business.
You could start something small like a
- Babysitting business
- Dog-walking business
- Pet-sitting business
Or you could think big like these 12 kids, who have built million-dollar businesses in arenas like app development, online advertising, fashion, and hair products.
15. Pick up a new hobby.
You’ll probably feel bored at some point during the school holidays. That’s the time to pick up a new hobby like…
- Playing the ukulele
16. Sell the things you aren’t using.
I’m sure you own many things you aren’t using, which other people would be willing to pay for.
So hold a garage sale, or put the items up for sale online.
17. Achieve an athletic goal.
Take Point #9 a step further and work toward a specific athletic goal.
Here are some examples:
- Do 15 pull-ups in 30 seconds
- Do 50 push-ups in 1 minute
- Do 60 sit-ups in 1 minute
- Run a mile under 7 minutes
- Hold aplank for 2 minutes
18. Reconnect with friends and family members.
Reconnect with friends and family members whom you didn’t get to spend much time with during the school term.
At the very least, send them a text or email to show them that you’re thinking of them.
19. Enjoy nature.
Go for a hike, have a picnic, or visit a nature reserve.
20. Improve your vocabulary.
Students’ success in school and life is linked to the size of their vocabulary, the research indicates.
I’m sure you want to be successful, so use these three resources to improve your vocabulary:
21. Improve your writing skills.
Writing skills are important for academic success, and they’re even more important for career success. So work on your writing skills this school holiday.
Read this excellent article on how to improve your writing. Next, read at least one of these books and put into practice what you’ve learned:
Give away books and notes you no longer need, and files you no longer use. In addition, clear your desk and get organized.
This way, you’ll set yourself up for a fruitful upcoming semester.
23. Develop healthy habits.
Nathaniel Emmons once said, “Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.”
These are possible habits to develop this school holiday:
- Daily reflection
- Reading for 15 minutes before bed
- Keeping agratitude journal
- Getting on a regular sleep schedule
- Drinking more water
24. Clear your email inbox.
Over the past semester, your email inbox has probably become flooded.
You may even have hundreds of emails that have yet to be processed or organized. Set time aside on a day and get through it all.
25. Talk to as many adults as possible about career options.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your future career.
Reach out to your relatives, family friends, teachers, and neighbours. Offer to buy them a cup of coffee, and ask them if they’d be willing to share their experiences and insights.
Set a goal for this school holiday of talking to at least one adult a week about career options.
26. Increase your typing speed.
In all likelihood, as you get older you’ll need to do more typing on your computer.
Explore these three websites to increase your typing speed:
27. Find a mentor.
A good mentor will help you become more self-aware, make better decisions, and find long-term success.
The bottom line
It isn’t realistic to do all these things in your holidays, and you must make sure you spend time relaxing and having a good break after your exams. But we hope that this list will inspire you to have a meaningful, productive, and fun-filled holiday!