how to have a productive summer

If you are still studying, summer is usually the big break between two school years. It's a time to rest, reflect on past experiences but it can also be a time to prep effectively for the challenges that lie ahead. If you're not studying and usually schedule your holidays for the summer, this can also act as a break to get more organized for the next year, so independently of your situation, these tips can apply to you. 1. My first tip is to go through paperwork - and we all know how much this usually piles up during the year. Hitting the reset button and separating all of your documents, letters and papers into a trash pile and an archive pile will help you make sure you are on track with all of your bills and due dates. 2. After you tackled that first task, you can take this time to organize a "life binder" or "family binder". This will basically be the place where you can file important documents, bills, financial and insurance information, a yearly budget and receipts. Separating all of these documents by category and keeping it at hand will make you feel much more at ease. If you don't like the idea of printing all that paper or having to occupy space in your home with a binder, you can achieve the same result in digital format by creating an effective filing management system on your computer. 3. The summer is also a great time to rethink your planning system and evaluate whether it is suited for your personality and your lifestyle. Maybe the full-fledged bullet journaling experience is more of a chore now than a useful organization system. Maybe that bulky filofax you carry around is way too much for your planning needs; or maybe, planning everything in your phone isn't offering enough detail to allow you to tackle all of your major projects in due time. This is the time to research for some alternatives, reflect on how you are managing with your current methods and think about moving forward. 4. I think that the easiest way to make sure that your summer is productive is tackling a major project during the summer. This can either be something relatively short on your bucket list, a challenge (like reading a certain amount of books) or a more detailed project like writing a short novel, take language lessons or be able to run a certain amount of miles 5. Do the spring cleaning you've been putting off during spring and do it in the summer. This will probably be the last chance you have for some free time before you start working or studying again and be able to clean, organize and declutter your home so it will feel a lot better to actually be able to do all of that before the wintery months arrive. Go through your seasonal items (clothes, textbook for last year, notes) and store them, sell them or recycle a 6. Also, rework your routine, one day at a time. This is the perfect opportunity to reset your sleeping schedule and slowly adapt more healthy habits into your life. Play with different options and combinations of routines and habits and slowly incorporate those new activities into your daily life, slowly. 7. Finally, create that back-to-work or back-to-school to-do list that you know will help you as soon as September arrives. These can be as simple as a minimalist shopping list or as complex as planning a year of study sessions with a detailed table of contents. Either way, planning ahead will give you a good head start as soon as you start getting overwhelmed with work again.