Today’s post comes from a discussion I had last night with Abigail, Caitlyn, and Lauren during the Blogger Roundtable. If you haven’t heard of the Blogger Roundtable, basically Abigail invites a bunch of bloggers to participate in a live Google Hangout and we talk about all things blogging and life related and anyone can tune in to see what we’re chatting about! You can catch the replay here.
During last night’s chat, Lauren asked how we stayed motivated while on long breaks from school. I knew exactly what she was talking about and I felt like the lack of motivation during the holidays is totally normal. When you don’t have class to worry about, why bother doing anything else? But this season is a really important one for bloggers so it’s imperative that we stay on top of everything in order to finish all of the posts we want to get done! I’m sharing my tips on how I stay motivated to blog (or do anything, really!) when I’m on a break from school.
Keep your alarm.
I know it sounds awful, but make sure you’re still using your alarm (at least during the week!) to make sure you are still waking up at a semi-normal time. Not only is this helpful for getting stuff done, it also makes going back to class after the break a little more bearable! I tend to set mine just a little bit later than I do during class time (8:30 or 9:00 instead of 8:00) so I still give myself a chance to catch up on sleep!
Use your planner!
Another thing I always do is make sure I’m using my planner and writing down the things I want to get done over break. Whether it’s a running checklist or a map of what I want to get done each day, it’s important to look at it every day and follow it as best as you can! I also write down any fun activities like meet-ups with friends or shopping trips.
Get started early.
Don’t wait until the late afternoon to start getting anything done! My productivity disappears as soon as Ryan or my family gets home from work so it helps to get things done early in the day. I’ve said this before, but tackling the biggest item earliest is definitely helpful. As soon as it’s done you’ll feel great and ready to tackle more!
Make sure you’re still reading your favorite blogs and checking in with what everyone else is doing! When I’m still reading blogs, I find I’m more motivated to continue posting. I want to keep up with everyone else!
Don’t get discouraged.
It’s a busy time for everyone! I’m sure if you miss a post it won’t be the end of the world, but try to get back on track as soon as you can. If you want to stay consistent, try following the items on this list. They always help me, hopefully they help you too!
How do you stay productive during the holiday season?