Little Ways to Stay Productive In the Summer

In the summertime, it’s easy to slip into the ways of wanting to laze about, getting nothing done (aka just sleeping), having no plans and watching the days slip away. Though these lazy moments can be fun, if they consume your summer you’ll end up getting absolutely nothing done! Instead of going into full on lazy mode on your day off, pick little activities throughout the day to help keep you active and at least semi-productive during your summer. Time really does fly, so you’ll want to make the most of this down time.

An easy way to be more productive during the day is to set up a sleep schedule. Every day you have free shouldn’t be wasted by staying up all night beforehand and sleeping in all day—especially in summer when the weather’s actually nice! By waking up at least before noon every day, you’ll find you actually have a lot of time to do whatever it is you need to get done. Simply having more time to do things, even if you don’t have anything in particular to do, will help lead to you getting more things done to avoid boredom. Besides, with the sun streaming in your window, who can really sleep that well during the day time anyway?

Post-its or other reminders to yourself posted throughout your room or home can help keep you productive too. Whenever you think of something you need or want to get done, just write it down on a little note card before you forget and post it where you’ll definitely see it. A simple reminder can keep you motivated to actually go get it done and over with. If post-its are too not green for you, write out a quick to-do list to keep you on target. It may sound lame, but think of it as a grocery list for your day. You’ll remember everything you need and want without wasting time with nonsense.

Making plans with friends will also help get you rolling out of bed into productivity. Knowing you need to be out of the house at a certain time to meet them or having someone else waking up at the same time as you is a great motivator to get a move on—especially if you’re planning on meeting up with a friend who absolutely hates people being late. Together, you and your friends can accomplish little things: buying some snacks for your desk at work, picking up some more business wear, or just getting out there without any real plan and just having fun. After coming home from an adventure with a friend, you’ll be ready to get more done—or maybe just ready for a nap.

Being productive this summer doesn’t mean never sitting at home with nothing to do or feeling guilty for spending a day lounging at the beach. Doing something every day, big or small, will simply make your summer seem more worthwhile and full. If all you ever do is nap and watch TV, you’ll return to school in the fall without any good stories to share with your friends, jealousy beyond belief at how much they accomplished during the break, or at least regret that you didn’t do more when you had the chance. Take advantage of your free time by doing as much as you can, as often as you can with whoever you can. Lazy days are always better appreciated after the hectic ones.

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