How Not To Be Productive During Winter Break
There are a lot of articles on the web about how to be productive during a holiday break but this is an article about how NOT to be productive during the holiday break.
1. SLEEP ALL DAY
Sure the holiday break is a great time to catch up on some much needed sleep but there should be a limit. Myself not being a morning person, I know that sleeping late is one of the best feelings in world, but I also know that when you wake up at 12:00 or later you realize that you wasted your whole day away. You realize that all the planning you made the day before is useless. A lot of the work you need to do will take a while which means you need time to do it which means you need the time during the day. So remember to set your alarm maybe an hour and a half later than normal so you can get up but still get some sleep. Also remember that when it gets closer to the end of the winter break, start to get up earlier each day so you can get back into the habit of waking up earlier.
2. PLAY VIDEO GAMES
People in high school and college play video games all the time. It is a great way to relieve stress by focusing on other things such as killing zombies or playing football. Playing video games during the winter break will happen because they want to relieve stress and they will get video games for Christmas. There is a setback to playing video games for too long. Al least, I know there is a setback for me. When I play video games for too long, I get a massive headache when I stop playing. You feel all groggy afterwards. You feel sleepy. It just feels awful after you play for too long. Another thing that happens is you will start playing at 10:00 a.m. You tell yourself that you will only play for a while because you have homework to do. The next thing you know, you look at the clock and it’s 4:00 p.m. Your whole day is gone. At that point you have to do something else, eat, etc. All the things you could have done you are unable to do. So don’t waste your whole day playing video games. Go outside and exercise, do homework, or anything else that simulates your brain. This also goes for watching TV by the way.
3. LEAVE ALL YOUR HOMEWORK UNTIL THE LAST DAY
Everybody procrastinates, especially school kids. Procrastination is just a part of life, but procrastination happens a lot more during winter break. It will happen because teenagers are teenagers and they will do this more because they feel like they have time to spend doing other things. So yes procrastination will happen. Waiting until the last minute during a break is one of the worst decisions you can make. It will cause you stress before going back to school which is definitely something you DO NOT need. Don’t wait until the last minute. My advice to students is to do the work gradually over winter break. Therefore you don’t have to do it all at the end or all at the beginning but rather have it go day-by-day to give you a solid work schedule and less stress.
Matthew Maddock | Bright Futura Colomnist