Summer. Full of so much potential and free spots to work in coffee shops. The summer can be where the magic happens or it can be wasted time. Spring to the rescue!
I am convinced that the spring semester does not really exist because one day it is May and then the next it is July. I find that the spring is spent catching up on things put on the back burner, or if the semester was particularly demanding then I usually take a break.
But, spring is also the time to figure out what you want your summer to look like and what you want to achieve. If you wait until July 1st to figure it out then this:
What can you do during this imaginary spring semester?
1. Set your goals for the summer
– Be realistic
- What do you definitely want to accomplish and what would be nice to accomplish?
- Figure out how much time each goal will take. Base this on how productive you are on your average/worst days and use knowledge of your work ethic from previous summers.
- How many hours do you want to work?
- Can you actually accomplish your goals based on how much time you want to dedicate to work?
– Set personal goals unrelated to academia
- Working on small personal goals increases your confidence and motivation to make progress in other areas.
- It adds balance
- Is there anything you have been meaning to try and do more of, or something that completely fell off during the semester? – learn to meditate, log rolling, be more positive, learn to code.
2. Structure your time
You have your goals and now you should make a schedule in order to accomplish them. The hours available for work can seem infinite in the summer. However, the lack the structure can lead some to work non-stop and others to do no work.
This your opportunity to create your dream work and play day.
When building this dream schedule, take time reflect on:
- What time of day are you productive?
- How long are you usually productive?
- What habits make you productive? – is it going to the gym, doing busy work, meditating, etc…
- Do you want specific days dedicated to certain work?
- What do you want to do for breaks? Kingston summer is a delight, so maybe go outside.
- Do you need someone to keep you honest? Schedule work and play with a buddy or share your schedule with a labmate or friend and check in with them daily/weekly.
Based on this, make a schedule and stick with it. If you do, you are more likely to have the exact summer you want. However, your first round of goal setting and schedule setting may not work out, which is why spring is a perfect time to work out those kinks!
What are your summer goals?