This article originally appeared on The Life Currency.
The season where ladies are ordering their bundles and guys are booking hotel rooms, ready to go to Miami to get “Lit.” Spring Break is an exciting time, especially since after it’s over, you are only left with one month and a couple of weeks before school is out for the summer. You deserve to relax during your break, but let’s be honest, sometimes it is hard to recover and pick up the pieces after you’ve been zoned out of the world for a while. Before you and girls get all the way “lit” Here are 6 things you can do to stay productive over spring break.
1. DO SOME SPRING CLEANING
Before you go on that trip you planned, it’s important to get organized and start throwing things that you don’t need away. Once of the worst feelings is to come back to an unorganized dorm or apartment, start back school with added stress in an unorganized environment. If you are going on a trip for spring break, you can come back to a clean home. Do some spring cleaning and thorough that hair product you told yourself you were going to use 2 years ago!
2. GET SOME ME TIME
During spring break, we love to catch up with friends, but it’s important to have that time to yourself too. Take one day to do one of your favorite hobbies and show yourself some self love. You could get your hair done, nails, or whatever it is that brings joy to you!
3. UPDATE ALL SOCIAL MEDIA AND PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS
This is now time to organize and revamp your resume. Maybe it’s time for a new template or maybe you’ve gained more experience at a job. Whatever it is, it’s time to improve it! Update your resume, LinkedIn and make sure you have relevant and appropriate content on all of your social media platforms.
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4. PLAY CATCH UP
Do you have some errands that you’ve been meaning to run forever? Do you have work that is due right when you get back? On one of the first two days of Spring Break, go ahead and knock off things on your to do list. This why, you won’t procrastinate and you can TRULY enjoy your spring break without having to worry about what you should work on when it gets closer to start back school.
5. RESEARCH YOUR INDUSTRY
While you should already be doing this, now’s a chance to do some DEEP research. What are the best podcast out there in your industry? What are some good organizations to get a part of? How is the industry doing right now? Who are some of the top people in that industry? Read any content, books or interviews they have out. Now is your chance to see what magazines/websites you should be reading or subscribed to.
6. APPLY FOR JOBS/INTERNSHIPS
If you are still searching for a job or internship, here is a good time to apply to some of the top roles/positions you see. Be sure to match your experiences with what the job or internship is looking for.
7. SHADOW A PROFESSIONAL IN YOUR FIELD
If you have established a mentor, now is the perfect time to contact them before spring break gets here and let them know that you want to spend a couple of days with them. This is a great way to establish connections and be exposed to your field you would like to work on. You may be sacrificing your time to go to Miami with some friends but the reward will be much greater.
8. HAVE FUN
You may have had a rough semester starting off, but the worst thing you can do is sit around and be depressed. Catch up on a Netflix series, hang out around loved ones or eat food at one of your favorite restaurants. Don’t waste the spring break sitting around wishing your life would be better. Remember, everything is temporary and you will see the sunshine soon.
Whatever you decide to do during spring break, you can still be productive while decompressing from school. Make a plan!