As the festive season is looming, you may not want to think about revision or even writing your assignments. But if you’re heading away from campus or staying here for Christmas, it’s important to feel prepared for getting your work done and to treat yourself – after all, you deserve it!
So to help you make progress with your work while having a good time with your friends and families – here are 5 ways to balance your studies with the Christmas break.
Plan your time
We all know how tempting it is to stay in bed until noon, work until four and then go to see your friends in the evening – but is it really a good use of your time?
Set yourself a schedule and plan your days over the Christmas break. The more you do at the start of the break, the simpler things will be in the New Year. If you know you have certain social plans that you can’t miss, factor those into your days and make the most of the time around such events. This will help you to develop a good study-life balance which is so important to learn.
Create your own study space
If you’re studying away from campus, you’ll need to find a proper place to get stuck in to your work. Whether you are returning back to your old bedroom or prefer spending time working on your kitchen table – make sure you have a proper desk or a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.
Or if you’re finding the lure of the sofa and the Christmas specials of Come Dine With Me all too tempting, consider going to work at your local library. You’ll have fewer distractions and working to their opening hours will encourage you to keep to a schedule.
Ask your friends and family for help
If you need an extra set of eyes to proofread your assignment or to test you on certain questions, asking your friends or family for help is a great use of time – and it means you can spend some time with them too! You never know, they may even learn a thing or two from your work – or you may get some great ideas to explore in your assignments!
Set yourself goals
As well as working to a schedule, make sure you set yourself goals. You could set mini goals to achieve at the end of each day – or instead weekly goals. By doing so, you’ll have a clear plan of action and once you hit those self-made targets, you’ll feel amazing!
Ahead of the Christmas break, why not see what you want to achieve by the start of January and create your own action plan?
The lead up to Christmas and the festive season itself can be a busy time, but it is so important to take breaks and to treat yourself – whether that’s by watching your favourite show, treating yourself to a festive snack or drink or simply meeting up with friends.
Make sure you aren’t overloading yourself with unrealistic goals and to spend time doing the things you most enjoy. The most important thing to do is to use your time wisely and to balance it as best as you can.