6 Ways to Stay Productive During the Summer Holidays

Students who have just started year 12 are usually the only ones who actually need to study during the holidays. The rest of you are faced with a couple of months of free time. If you’re the type who becomes anxious at the prospect of being unproductive for long periods then this article is a must-read.

Parties, the beach, holidays and casual work can be a fulfilling way to spend the summer holidays but for some of us, it can be hard to shake the nagging voice in our head that says we should be doing something more productive. Holiday guilt: it’s real. If you suffer from holiday guilt don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Here are 7 ways you can easily attain that all-satisfying sense of accomplishment during the summer holidays


Whether you rally the troops (aka your mates) and run your own fundraising event or take up a volunteer position at a charity organisation, philanthropic activities are a good way to spend excess time.  If you’re stumped on where to start check out the volunteering section on sites like The Red Cross, The Smith Family and The Cancer Council. You can also search for volunteer jobs on the site, Seek Volunteer.



Fancy yourself a writer? Or maybe you’re handy with a camera.  Perhaps you draw really cool cartoons. Whatever you’re creative talent; there are ways you can harness it productively this summer. If you like writing and/or taking pictures, start a blog. If you dream of being a film director, create a webseries or shoot a short film and upload it to YouTube. If you love painting, make it a goal to create some epic pieces of art. You see where we are going here? If you like making stuff then make something already! Firstly, you will have a blast and secondly, it’ll look great on your CV. 


Online education is a booming industry and there are many organisations who offer free online courses and learning materials. So if you are hardcore enough to want to better yourself academically these holidays then this is a great option for you. You can learn in your own time and your level of engagement will be entirely at your discretion. There are even some courses that give you a certification upon completion—awesome. Search iTunes U for different learning modules and hit up Coursera for free, properly structured tertiary courses offered by universities worldwide.


Not only are internships and volunteer work a great way to impress a future employer, they can also help you discover what kind of work it is you truly love. It’s very common for people to dream of entering a profession and then realising down the track that it’s actually not what is right for them. The best way to avoid this is to start getting as much experience as soon as possible so yeah, doing an internship during the summer holidays would definitely be productive! You’ll also meet new people and probably have a great social life. The sites Pedestrian TV and Upstart are good places to start looking for an internship. It also doesn’t help to ask family and friends if they know of any opportunities going.


Put down the Hunger Games, get your hipster glasses on and read some literature these holidays. It’s a surefire way to make you feel like a superior intellectual and therefore, productive. Yes popular fiction is great and we aren’t telling you to stop reading it but wouldn’t you feel more productive if you made it a goal to read a classic like Anna Karenina or a translated piece of literature from say, China? Yeah, thought so. Read The Guardians list of The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time for ideas on where to start.


Being productive doesn’t necessarily mean you have to engage in intellectual or career driven pursuits. Join a sports team or try something you’ve always been intrigued by. Whether it’s pottery, taekwondo, kayaking or Zumba, there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking up a hobby these holidays.


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