Being productive over the Christmas break
With the end of term always being stressful, its lovely to take some time at home to relax over Christmas, and recover before term two! That being said, I have a tonne of work to get done over the holidays! Because I still want to come back to university refreshed, I’ve come up with a few ways that I’ve been managing work over the holidays.
When you finish term, the amount of work looming over you can seem pretty daunting, whether it be essays or revision for January exams. I have coursework to complete and to prep for, and exams to revise for. While my exams aren’t until the end of term two, the lack of an Easter holiday to revise for them is scaring me slightly, so I want to get as much work done as possible before the start of term! Because work can pile up, it’s important to know exactly what you’re dealing with so you don’t accidentally forget something in the blur of Christmas. Personally, I like to make a checklist of all the modules I have to revise, and a list of tasks to do associated with them, whether that be past paper questions or copying up notes. That way I can make a mark next to each item when I’ve done some work towards it, and I can track my progress.
As much as you might like to be super productive over the break, and have everything planned out, the truth is it’s probably not going to happen! And to be honest, it’s better that way. Everyone should take some time to recuperate over Christmas, and personally my priority is to spend time with the family and friends I don’t get chance to see during term time. Because of this, I know as much as I want to get through all my modules, I need to prioritise the ones that need the most work. This, and the assignments that have proper deadline take priority, and I’ll just fill in any gaps next term.
The lack of routine over the holidays really affects my productivity, since this is what I rely on during term to get stuff done. It’s hard to make a routine over the holidays because of the festivities, but I’ve tried my best to make one that still lets me enjoy Christmas, by trying to work through the morning into the early evening, but still let myself enjoy the holidays if any spontaneous plans come up. I’m trying not to let the stress of work stop me from enjoying Christmas!
All of these points sort of lead onto the same thing – try not to worry! I’ve said it so many times, but it’s really important not get bogged down with work, and try to focus on relaxing over the holidays. I think that for me it will be better in the long run for me to relax more over the holidays and come back to university feeling ready for a new term. And if it turns out that this means term two is a little more stressful than it would have been otherwise, I can just deal with it then.
I hope you’re all having a lovely Christmas break,