Holidays are often considered a time for leisure and letting loose, however, they can also be a great time to be productive and to lay the foundation for a solid future.
In fact, once you get used to being productive, you’ll start to find that it can actually be just as enjoyable as doing things that are more typically associated with fun.
It’s actually a misconception that productive things aren’t enjoyable — the truth is, the best things in life are those moments when we feel like we’ve gained some new perspective or have been able to advance ourselves in some way.
For this reason, we wanted to highlight some practical habits and activities that can help you make the most of your spare time and holidays in a more productive way — let’s take a look.
Use Your Time Wisely: 13 Productive Things To Do During Your Holidays
1. Start a fitness plan
If you work in an office, it’s rather easy to become complacent with eating habits and exercising, mainly because they leave you feeling emotionally drained and are typically filled with vendors chock full of unhealthy snacks that are always in your visual field.
As you’d imagine, being drained after a long day in the office doesn’t leave you with much motivation to hit the gym afterward, and thus, the pounds will start to accumulate if you aren’t managing what you’re eating.
For this reason, we recommend using your holiday time to rekindle your fitness efforts whereby you’ll be able to line up a better foundation to stay active even when you do finish holidaying.
It’s easier to stay active than it is to get active, especially when you have to deal with working upwards of eight hours a day for most of the week.
2. Get a new hobby
This wouldn’t be a very good hobby website if we didn’t advocate taking a new one on or trying your hand at something that you’ve been mulling over for a while.
Nearly anything you dream up could be a hobby and in truth, you don’t need to overcomplicate the process of picking what you want to do.
We recommend being really adventurous with this process as it’s likely to end up being something you spend a lot of time on — don’t be afraid to try something totally out there that you wouldn’t usually imagine yourself doing.
It’s surprising how well we adapt to something completely new to our skillset, but also how rewarding it can be once we start getting the hang of it.
3. Assess your finances
Money isn’t the be-all and end-all of life but it’s definitely something that can be used as a tool to increase certain freedoms and reduce the normal pressures of life.
Because of this, it can be good to use some leisure time when you aren’t distracted to really look at all your incomings and outgoings to make sure you’re making the most of what you have at your disposal.
Sometimes it’s just a case of cutting back on more expensive brands and trading them off for something cheaper so you can afford the occasional treat for yourself.
4. Take on a side hustle
Taking on a new pastime doesn’t have to be strictly for pleasure — it can also be a way of furthering your long-term goals or allowing yourself to earn some extra money outside of your normal revenue streams.
In most cases, this will be something that’s flexible enough to be done in your spare time such as blogging or doing odd jobs for people.
Eventually, if you get good enough at it or are able to find more regular business, you can slowly start transitioning these passions and side hustles into more of a full-time process.
We recommend choosing something you’ll enjoy doing day after day mainly because it’ll stand a greater chance of being a success.
5. Work on your emotional wellbeing
Holidays are all about enjoying yourself but it’s all too easy to forget about more fundamental issues such as your emotional and spiritual well-being.
In such cases, it can be worth taking some time to yourself to really scrutinize how you feel in your typical daily life and see if you can uproot some of those deeper issues.
Meditation and mindfulness are good steps to healing yourself from an emotional perspective as they’ll allow you to confront your typical thought processes whereby you can isolate how they make you feel.
We usually run on autopilot mentally speaking so it’s easy to keep chugging along until one day we just completely crash.
If you’re looking for more guidance on this then it can be worth speaking to professionals or attending meditation classes where they can teach you how to reflect on your emotional well-being.
6. Help your family with odd jobs
Holidays should be about relaxation and unwinding, however, that doesn’t mean to say that you shouldn’t make time to help out family or friends with odd jobs that might require your expertise.
In most cases, the gift of giving is the best gift of all — the most important things in life often end up being the impressions we leave on the people we connect with, most typically our friends and family.
Solving problems that they’re having could be a two-minute job for you whereby you could stop hours of frustration for them.
What goes around comes around, and the people you help aren’t likely to forget your good deeds any time soon — give it a go and see how you feel!
7. Visit relations and friends
Aside from helping friends and family, why not spend time relaxing with them too?
Reconnecting with people when you don’t have any formal tasks (such as working) to do is a really nice feeling and can be great both mentally and physically.
Even simple things like going for a hike or on a camping adventure can be a great way to break the tedium of modern living.
8. Contemplate philosophy
Our daily lives are often so packed full of tasks that we often forget to contemplate the lens of life that we look through — or in other words, we forget to philosophize about the deeper workings of being a living, breathing, conscious human being and what it ultimately means.
In truth, what one person believes or how they conceptualize something might be completely different from the way you do.
In such a case, it’s great to reach out to those people to see if they can help to broaden your perspective.
It can be a truly miraculous revelation when you realize that other people don’t process information the same way you do even though on the surface it may appear so.
Our philosophy on life usually has the biggest impact on how successful we end up being and how easily we achieve our goals — using this spare time to make these kinds of realizations can be extremely rewarding.
9. Analyze inefficiencies in your typical day-to-day living
It’s crazy how much time we waste in a single day on unfulfilling and menial tasks which are often a product of being stuck on autopilot from years of inefficient habitual behavior — they become hard-baked into us and we don’t even realize we’re doing it sometimes.
This includes delaying vital tasks that would ultimately afford you more free time in the long run in favor of taking the easy road whereby you end up getting comfy on the sofa watching the world go by hoping these problems will solve themselves.
We’re not saying sitting on the sofa all day is good or bad, just that when you delay things that would afford you a better standard of living or a less stressful life, this is when it becomes unproductive.
For this reason, we recommend really taking a closer look at what you’re doing each day to see if you can spot any inefficiencies in your scheduling — it might also be worth journaling each day so you can spot these patterns easier.
10. Go on a date or spoil your partner
Holidays should be about having fun but they should also be about celebrating the people we love in our lives, especially people such as our partner or significant other.
Recognizing them for the work they do and for the fact they’re always there in your hardest moments can be a really simple but absolutely amazing way to make someone understand how special they are to you.
One of the easiest ways to recognize them for their solidity is by taking them on a date or to a special place that has sentimental value to them or yourselves.
It’s not complicated! You’ll know what they love and the places they love going to — perhaps taking them back to a place where you met could be a way to relive that fleeting new lover’s experience.
Have fun and don’t overthink it.
11. Do a city cleanup project
As mentioned previously, the best gift you can give is the gift of giving.
Doing a city cleanup project or volunteering to clean plastic from a coastline can be a great way to put positive energy back into the world.
It allows the animals that cohabit our planet to live more freely which ultimately pays itself back to us in having a healthy ecosystem that we can thrive in.
Plus, projects like this always attract a wide array of personalities and can be a great way to make new friends whereby you’ll be able to do even more things with your time off.
If you’re not sure where to start then it could be worth checking out your local government website or contacting your city council to see if they have any initiatives like this that you can sign up to.
12. Upskill yourself
Learning a new skill isn’t hard, it just takes time and effort, which if you’re on holiday, you should have an abundance of both!
In fact, it’s a surprisingly exciting revelation to know that you could truly learn anything you want if you really set your mind to it, and yes, that even includes rocket physics or learning to code software.
All of the information is freely available over the internet meaning nothing is stopping you from learning anything you want.
Time spent wisely will always pay you back more in the future than the initial effort you put in — give it a go.
13. Set future goals and tasks that you want to achieve
Holidays are a great time to put your life into perspective to set goals for yourself going forward and what you want to achieve over the next year or more.
When we’re at work or living stressful lives, it’s easy to put our long-term goals by the wayside which ultimately can leave you missing out on opportunities that you won’t get again.
Truly, life passes by so quickly that we always recommend setting targets that you’d like to achieve, mainly because it holds you more accountable to really go out and get them.
The best way to do this is to write or display your goals in visible places that you can see on a daily basis — this will keep them fresh in our mind and will also prompt us to steady our course when things start to go adrift.
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