The semester has been over for a little over a month and it is safe to say that summer is officially in full swing. The heat has arrived and after another long year of obligations to classes, work, student organizations, and whatever else we’ve all decided to pile on our plates, part of me is in totally in favor of catching up on all of the TV shows and movies I have in my queue.
The summer break is a time to have some well-deserved downtime, but it also gives you an opportunity to set aside time to dedicate to the things you care about most. We are all motivated by and interested in a variety of things, so this will affect the opportunities each of us has or is willing to partake in.
Let’s delve into some of the possibilities the break could hold. There are plenty of ways to be productive during the next few months and accomplish something you’re proud of.
Near the end of the Spring semester the question of, “what am I doing this summer?” lingers in the air and falls off of every person’s tongue, almost like a greeting. Interning is a great opportunity to try new things and learn from real experiences where you fit best. You get to work closely with people in your field of interest and see what you are capable of. Whether you take a position and realize you want a different experience or you take a position and feel right at home, both are valuable lessons to learn.
If you’re working retail, at the local grocery store, or in a position that may not seem applicable to your major, you’re still doing great! Having these kinds of positions shows that you are a motivated. Also, you can gain valuable resume building experiences in any position. Check out our blog post “Results & Action Verbs: 19 Bullet Points to Boost Your Resume” to help you with your word choice.
And If you didn’t get an internship, no worries. There are plenty of other ways you have personal successes during the next few months.If you want to plan ahead and start looking for an opportunity for this fall, FindSpark has a few networking opportunities coming up this summer: findspark.com/events
2. Get Creative!
Besides interning, there are countless things to take on.As a creative person, you could take the time to dedicate to your art. Take on a hobby. Read some books. Be gentle with yourself and allow time to develop skills. Do not make the hobby something you force yourself to do, try new things because you truly want to. Compile a portfolio of the work you create. That takes a lot of time, and you might not be able to find that during the school year.Now is the time to start larger projects and dedicate attention to the big ideas that have been developing in the back of your mind during the school year.
3. Get out there!
There are an unnumbered amount of free/cheap things to do in NYC.Go to a museum or some galleries. Museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History are “pay what you wish,” so you can hand them some change or however much you’d like to donate for admission. On Friday nights, museums like the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Moving Image are free, and there are a lot of other opportunities to get discounted or free tickets, especially as a student.Check out flea markets, go to a park, or just wander around the city. Try some new food and experience the cultures around you.
There are plenty of things to be inspired by in the city and there is always something to do regardless of what day of the week it is. Keep your mind active and take advantage of the exciting city you live in.
4. Create your own, balanced schedule
The most important part about being productive during the summer is creating structure in your day. Personally, I like starting my day by sitting down with my journal and lining out all of the things I want to accomplish in a day. Be fair-minded when lining out what you want to do.It’s not about doing everything, it’s about looking at the day ahead and reasonably setting up what you want to and need to accomplish. Self-care is a very important part of the day, so aim to balance out chores and errands with what you enjoy.
Of course, things need to be done, like washing clothes and going to the grocery store, but you should set time aside to read for pleasure, meditate, check your twitter, or spend with friends and family. If socializing after a long day reenergizes you, see your friends, or if you need time for yourself, take the time to relax and be alone. It all depends on what helps balance your lifestyle.
Plan the day ahead, if that means penciling time to sit in the grass or finally sit down and build your LinkedIn profile. As long as you set purpose to your day and accomplish the little things, productivity will follow. If you set aside your time wisely and reasonably, you can tackle whatever tasks you set your mind to.
What do you plan to do to make this summer a productive one? Share in the comments!