The exams are over, the sun is shining, and the summer has finally started for real. No more studying and obligatory work, which means that the procrastination monster is right around the corner. If you are afraid of sleeping your summer away just like we are, then read further to find out the best ways of avoiding procrastination during hot sunny days.
1. Make a routine
Yes, having a routine is necessary not only during the semester. Even though it sounds boring, a well-prepared schedule will help you stay on track even when you don’t really have many things to do. Make a plan for your hobbies and other activities and stick to it as much as possible. This way, you are going to stay organized and aware of what you have to do next. And remember, the most difficult part of setting a routine is the beginning!
2. Set a summer goal
Setting a goal is one of the best ways to avoid procrastination. Bear in mind that the goal should be achievable, and you have to be really passionate about it. Maybe, your summer goal can be “procrastinate less”, which is a great one, right? Having a thing you strive to achieve is beneficial for building up your time management skills, and, coming back to our first point, setting up a routine. Commit to it and make your summer full of activities that will lead you to your final destination.
3. Make time for “lazy” days
Of course, summer is about rest. We all deserve it after a rough university year. So, procrastinate, but set specific days for that. For example, select one day of the week when you do absolutely nothing, and make it your “lazy” day. This way you will fully relax, but not all your summer is going to be focused around doing nothing. Consume procrastination in small portions, so it doesn’t hurt as much.
4. Reward yourself
We know how hard it can be to get things done during hot summer says. So, if you need to finish that assigned book, reward yourself with a few hours at the Danube banks afterwards, or an afternoon at your favourite café with friends. Our mind really responds to that, so think about treating yourself after doing things that you need to get done.
5. Pick up a new hobby
Think about starting something new during summer. Pick up a new language, or learn Hungarian more, start knitting or try dancing! Nearly three months of freedom from academic life is the perfect chance to learn a new skill, maybe, something you have always wanted to learn but never had the time. You can also invite your friends and do new fun things together and strengthen your friendship during summer instead of drifting away because there is no studying. Don’t be afraid of trying something new, trust us, it will be worth it.
Enjoy your summer, but don’t laze it away – take that precious time to do things that make you happy and spend time with the people you love. After that, you are going to be ready to go back to university full of energy for new achievements!