Free time is good and, no matter who you are, it seems to be all you ever want. Just time to do nothing. But when, as students, we’re handed nearly 4 months of absolutely free time, suddenly we’re itching to do something.
And, if like me, you haven’t got any Spanish au pairing trips sorted or aren’t working as an activity instructor in Timbuktu or some far reaches of the globe, you’re probably feeling like summer is going to be an unproductive period of over-eating and lazing about.
I know not everything is about having something to put on your CV, it’s about doing things that you enjoy and actually want to do. But it seems that everyone is stretching for brownie points – things to make them stand out, as though we’re all ‘candidates’ in a brawl over jobs rather than simply being ‘people’ where the world is what we make of it, not what it makes of us.
But, yes, to be fair, I do feel like 4 months of nothing is going to be a HUGE waste of my time and, if you’re in the same boat, then I hope to help you out.
Here is my list of:
’50 things that will take away those unproductive blues!’
1. Find some work experience
Might sound boring but if you have a passion or curiosity then you can’t lose. Many companies offer places for as little as 1 or 2 days! And … if you get it out of the way in early summer then you’ve done good and don’t have to feel guilty about lounging around the house all day for the rest of your holidays!
2. Head to the theatre and indulge in a good ol’ play or, even a musical
4. Volunteer your time once a week to a charity/ shelter
5. See if you can get work as a summer temp
They may even take you on afterwards!
6. Deepen your faith
7. Meet up with family and friends that you haven’t seen for ages, take loads of pictures and have an AWESOME time (how about camping in the New Forest? Or in your back garden? Barbecues or a simple trip to the ice rink)
8. Try curing one of your fears
9. Do a movie marathon
10. Develop or find a new hobby
11. Attempt to create a business with your own innovative idea
12. Do a charity challenge
There are plenty of things going on in summer – such as the Race for Life and various marathons. Get involved with one of these and get sponsored or make up your own challenge. I’m currently on my own challenge of going vegan for an entire month – I’ve had multiple slip ups so I’m now aiming for 50 days of complete meat free (a little hard when you have to stay with carnivorous family and friends!) You of course, don’t have to go so extreme. How about trying to give up meat for a fortnight? Then donate the money you’ve saved to charity. For my challenge, I’m aiming to convert the amount of meat I eat in those 50 days in lb (pounds) to £ (pounds) – and double it if I succeed – in a project I’ve called ©“Pounds to Pounds”. This is one of those things that you can do on your own without anyone sponsoring you and makes you feel super-good about yourself, proud that you’re helping others as well as healthy!
13. Start taking driving lessons
14. Learn a language
15. Give your room a revamp — how about jars filled with multicoloured or fresh pinecones? A fresh coat of paint? A cluster of assorted candles?
16. Begin your #100daysofhappiness
17. Soak up the sun with a load of picnics, beach trips and outdoor games with your friends
18. Have a wardrobe clear out and donate all the clothes to a local charity shop
19. Pick an actor and watch all the films they’ve been in
20. Start a blog!
Need I say more? Blogging has been such an important tool for me in terms of communication, developing who I am and giving me something to do. What’s more, I now have an entire archive of everything that I have every written and published which will live on the internet long after I’m gone. If you, haven’t started, then have a go (I think I’ve proved that nothing you write has to have any direction AT ALL) and if you’ve started and ‘failed’, picked yourself up and try again!
21. Get baking and come up with some new creations
22. Make a list of all your skills and everything they’ve taught you
When I was looking for my job, I was in desperate need of revamping my CV and I started with writing out my ‘skills set’. It had 3 columns: 1) What the activity was 2) What I did 3) What it taught me or what skills I demonstrated … and the result was something like this;
e.g. ACTIVITY: Journalism work experience at “…” — TASKS: designing my own version of the magazine — SKILLS: creativity, IT usage, negotiation
It helped me so much and I reckon that it was incredibly useful in getting me my job. Plus, it was such a great exercise to pinpoint the things that I had learnt and where – such a great morale booster!
23. Become a dog walker for a neighbour
24. Start saving for something worthwhile …
25. … or blow all your money on some concert tickets (you only live once)
26. Designate a whole day to go without a TV, laptop/ computer, internet, music, phone and any other electric devices
27. Begin writing a novel
28. Make proper lemonade and sip reading your favourite book under a tree
29. Go out for a day with nothing but the things that you can fit in your trouser or cardigan pockets or carry in your hands … OR … with as little as possible
30. Read an entire series of books or pick up some classics and get through them
As my 19th birthday dawned on me and the words of the late Stephen Sutton rang in my ears, I knew that there were just somethings that I HAD to do whilst I was still, technically, a child. One of them was to complete the entire Harry Potter series (something that I had never even thought of when I was younger). But if, unlike me, you’ve already done that and read every other book series that’s going, how about picking up some of the classics and giving them a read? I know not everyone has a passion for Shakespeare but you don’t have to limit your choices to the English canon. Or, you could try reading the book version of a film that’s out at the cinema and see if you can finish it and make it to the cinema in time to see the film (or maybe try to finish it before it comes out on DVD).
31. Host a tea party with your friends
32. Make an exercise routine and stick to it (for a month, at least)
33. Watch an entire box set
34. Get rid of your anxiety by writing your worries down on a piece of paper, folding it into a bottle and sending it out to sea
35. Make a scrapbook of your favourite memories
36. Get hooked on a new genre of music or a new artist that hardly anyone has ever heard of
37. Head out to the selection of free festivals and carnivals available throughout the country
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38. Make a birthday cake for one of your friends or a member of your family
39. Get active
40. Buy dinner for a homeless person
41. Get your body to your ideal size/ weight
42. Set yourself a budget and see how far you can get on public transport with it
Got a spare tenner in your wallet? See how far you can go on the train! Can you go further on the bus? Wherever you end up, get out and have a look around – seize the day and get home when it’s dark
43. Read a collection of children’s books
44. Go to a book signing, find someone famous or attend a celebrity event to get a glimpse of the stars
45. Plan and execute a 3 course meal for yourself or your family
46. Spend a day being a child again
Take yourself back to your youth and spend a day being a child again. Buy an inflatable swimming pool and spend all day in it. Chase your dog up and down the fields. Play hide and seek. Spend hours drawing. Take silly pictures on your camera. Make rice crispie cakes. The possibilities are endless!
47. Start a diary
48. Spend a day detoxing your body – drinking green tea, eat plenty of fruit and veg, guzzling water and meditating
49. Re-work the way you view yourself
Write down a couple of your favourite qualities about yourself. Ask your friends to describe you. Write down your greatest achievements and display them.
50. Write your bucket list
Life, if anything, is all about experiences and what you can get out of the time you have here. It’s true; going to different countries and working or volunteering do give you the most FABULOUS experiences, but just because you’ve missed out on that this year doesn’t mean you have to spend your summer missing out.
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