Elbert Hubbard once said, “No man needs a vacation so much as the man who just had one.” And is it not true that once we take a day off, we get spoiled, and long for some more time to ourselves? Though I have found myself in this position quite a few times, I have finally found a way around it. Now after a vacation I feel refreshed and ready for another schedule full of appointments and deadlines, instead of lazy and remorseful.
Having seen my day planner most of my friends do not believe that I take vacations, but I assure you I do. As I have written about before, I plan my weeks out so that my Saturdays (for the most part) are free. Sure, most weeks I end up running errands or typing up a quick assignment, but compared to the rest of the week my Saturdays are a breeze. So for a while Sundays mornings were a drag; I did not want to get out of bed (which was not okay since I work Sundays mornings at the bakery). I started searching for a way to enjoy my “vacation days” and to use them to make myself more productive. And who knew it would only take three easy steps!
- Do not procrastinate. I know you have heard this a million times before, but it is true. When you keep putting things off, you eventually have to scramble to get all of them done. If you do things earlier on and in an orderly fashion, there is no scramble and things go by much smoother. So on your vacation days do not procrastinate. Schedule tomorrow and make a list of what needs to get done. Take some time to plan things out, and keep in mind that tomorrow is fast approaching. Knowing that your vacation is coming to an end can help soften the blow.
- Know what you want to do. It sounds arbitrary but knowing how you want to spend your vacation day can make a world of difference. Without planning it out, you could end up sleeping in til noon, watching television til six, and then just hanging around. Your whole day (what you have been looking forward to the whole week) has slipped away unnoticed and unappreciated. Instead, keep a list of things you want to do on your vacation day. For instance, I write down shows I want to catch up on, friends I need to talk to, and places I would like my boyfriend to take me on a date. With these things in mind my Saturdays never go to waste.
- Make everyday a vacation day. It sounds counter-intuitive, but saving a bit of time each day to relax, unwind, and regroup can make you more productive. Waiting for Saturday to come can feel like waiting forever, so early in the week i make time to relax by watching my favorite television shows or calling up friends to talk. These short breaks (which I try to keep under a half hour or so) always refresh me and keep me going.
Busy weeks can be tough, but busy months are brutal. When you feel like you are running on empty with too much to do and not enough time, make time for a break or a vacation day. Renewing your spirits is just as important as meeting your deadlines, and most of the time it can help you do so. Feeling too much stress can ware you down and make you sick. Take time to recharge once in a while (but do not come to use this as a procrastination tool), and you will find that there is always rest for the weary if you schedule things right.
I hope everyone had a good week, and that you have all gotten a jump-start on those final papers, presentations, and tests. If you have not started yet you are already falling behind. Do not let procrastination get the best of you, but click here for your two minutes.