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How to Stay Productive Over Winter Break                                                          

For the vast majority of students, the holiday festivities can’t come soon enough. During a season full of twinkling lights and holiday cheer, maintaining concentration can feel like the greatest challenge of all. Before you find yourself in a food coma postponing mundane tasks until the new year, check out these tips to balancing work and play during winter break.

Make a list of all upcoming, post-vacation deadlines.

(Think SAT/ACT registration dates or college application deadlines). By mapping out the due dates, you can prepare your schedule accordingly!

Tackle one assignment/project every day.

Set aside an hour every day to concentrate on your college applications/projects. Tell a parent or sibling about your proactive plan so that they can hold you accountable.

Get some rest.

Not only do we mean a full night’s sleep, but rest your mind. Try meditating, baking cookies, petting your cat, or reading a book for leisure. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s crucial to know when you need to recharge.

Don’t attempt to do detail-oriented work in the midst of chaotic holiday preparations.

Let’s be real, you aren’t going to get anything done when everyone is hyped up on holiday energy. And that’s okay! You will make time for your work when all the hoopla dies down.

Reflect on your goals and craft a list of New Year’s resolutions.

This is a great time to reflect, reminisce your favorite memories, look toward the future, and set goals for the year to come.

Ask your relatives to conduct mock college admissions interviews with you.

This is a prime opportunity to practice! And the more you practice, the more comfortable you will be when it comes time for the real thing.

Don’t leave all of your work until the evening before school resumes.

If you spread the work over a period of time, it won’t feel like such a hefty weight on your shoulders. By procrastinating, you will set yourself up for some pretty stressful all-nighters.

You should spend the majority of your break letting loose and having fun.

It IS a celebratory season after all.

Be sure to kick back and enjoy the company of loved ones this holiday season. Savor the moments you spend swapping recipes with your aunt, ice skating with your best friend, or singing carols with your grandfather. By striking a balance between work and play, you will make the most of your time off. Have a wonderful winter break!


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