December is a notoriously busy month, especially when you’re a student. It’s the time of the year when we look back at what we have accomplished so far but also plan for the holidays, prepare for New Year’s Eve and take the time to sit back with our friends and family and enjoy a little well-deserved rest. Unfortunately, it’s also the ideal period to become lazy and spend most of our time laying on the bed. Instead of wasting time, a better idea would be to take advantage of every free moment you have and use it to finish up on the more pressing matters.
Apply for an internship
Photo by Thought Catalog on UnsplashA lot of students and job seekers either don’t know about this, but one of the best time windows to apply for scholarships and send internship and job applications is before and during the holidays. Of course, you don’t have to spend your entire winter break sending applications day and night and completely miss out on all the holiday fun. Setting aside a couple of hours a day in order to commit to sending applications shows initiative and ensures that your application will be among the first ones to hit the hiring managers table.
Do your holiday shopping ahead of time
Photo by Rita Morais on UnsplashYou’d be surprised just how many people do their holiday shopping at the very last moment. Whether it’s due to commitments or procrastination, we often forget at least someone or something on our shopping list and have to run around like crazy to find a shop that’s still open or a service that won’t take a couple of days to deliver the goods. Doing all your holiday shopping a couple of days earlier means you don’t have to deal with the last-minute rush or break your head trying to find anything decent because all the best items have been sold out.
Don’t forget about your health
Photo by Nick Hillier on UnsplashStaying healthy and in shape during the holidays is often difficult to accomplish. Who wouldn’t want to sit around the house and munch on the delicious, homemade food all day? Instead of doing what millions of people already do and make a New Year's resolution to become healthy only to forget about it after a couple of days, it’s better to start working out before the holidays begin to instill habits that will carry you through the break.
Organize your holiday
Photo by Alisa Anton on UnsplashAlthough holidays are supposed to be the time of year when people sit down and relax with friends and family, most of us take this far too literally and spend our time doing nothing at all for most of the week and try to accomplish as many activities as we can in a day or two. However, you can easily accomplish twice as many things you would normally would simply by making a timetable of your activities and sticking to it. You don’t want to be overwhelmed with commitments the moment holidays are over and with some basic scheduling, you can easily avoid this.
Start sending thank-you notes
Photo by Daniel Lee on UnsplashHolidays are the time when we should feel grateful and say a heartfelt thank you to those who have done us a favor and helped us during the year. And what better way to show your gratitude than to send someone a handwritten thank-you card? You might think that sending a real letter might be a little outdated, but the look of surprise on those who receive them is absolutely priceless and you can even tie it in nicely with the National Letter Writing Day which falls on the December 7. Lastly, take the holiday time to recognize your own efforts and accomplishments, no matter how trivial they may seem. You’ve made it through another year of hardships, tests and all-nighters spent studying so take the time to consider what are your greatest strengths and weaknesses and look for ways to improve yourself even further. Get some much-needed rest, but also try to work on accomplishing yourself and any commitments you might have.