As I write this blog post, I’m on an airplane staring out the window of grey clouds and blue skies and thinking about how fast this year has gone. I can’t believe we’ll be celebrating the holidays in just a few short weeks and that Thanksgiving is already here!
Although I’m no longer a student, I can still relate to all of you just have “so much” happening – all the time! Over the past few weeks, you’ve been juggling internships, part-time jobs, schoolwork, finals, extracurricular, on-campus events – and more. It’s crazy! Of course, my super productive students are asking, “How can I be productive this Thanksgiving break?” It wouldn’t be fair for me to tell you to work, work, work over your Thanksgiving break – I know my body can’t handle that right now and I’m sure yours can’t either (whether you know it or not!).
So here are some thoughts on how to be “productive” during your break.
1. Be Unproductive.
We spend all year trying to fight, fight, fight and be uber-productive all the time. The best part of the holiday season is that life invites us to be unproductive. Do things you don’t normally do – sit on the couch, watch TV, be bored for once! Enjoying yourself is just as important as getting work done.
2. Plan to Secure Your Spring 2015 Internship.
If you wanted to get a Spring 2015 internship and you don’t have one yet – that’s okay. And Thanksgiving break is NOT the time to send in applications – as people aren’t working and you don’t want it to get lost. However, it is a good time to think about a plan for the first three weeks of December. You can get out that Intern Queen Dream List (if you don’t know what that is, please reference ALL WORK, NO PAY) and start researching the companies that are still looking for spring interns. Be sure to check out our site as we really have a lot of employers still looking for those fabulous spring internships.
3. Research Summer 2015 Options.
If you already have your spring opportunities locked in or you aren’t looking for a spring internship – the break is a great time to sit down for a block of time and research Summer 2015 options. Again, you aren’t sending out emails, just doing your homework.
4. Limit Your Work Time.
I said in point #1 that I want everyone to take a break and relax for a change. So if you are going to do work, try to put a cap on it – only let yourself work for a set amount of hours – and you’d better take the day off on Thursday!
There is no way to make yourself appreciate Thanksgiving more than going to a local soup kitchen and volunteering. My dad used to take my brother and I to do this every Thanksgiving and it’s a memory that I still have. Helping people will make you remember what’s important in life (and it’s not Instagram).
For more advice on internships and careers, please read Lauren’s new book, Welcome to the Real World.