Christmas is such a busy and exciting time but it can often be dampened by the prospect of piles of work! This can be daunting and frustrating, believe me I know, but short of moving country for the next year, there’s no way to get out of it. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the mad rush to get it all done on the last few days of the holiday; follow our tips to enjoy Christmas without the bad grades!
I know you know it, but getting work done before the break can really help. If you have coursework, try to get a draft completed before you break up or if it’s revision you are buried under, get all the notes out of the way so all you have to do is remember them. Not that it’s that simple, but you get my drift!
It’s easy to look at your two weeks holiday and say you will do work “at some point” but preparation is the best way to really get things done. If you have an afternoon of ice skating planned, for example, plan to use a few hours in the morning to get work down.
Again with the planning, setting a timetable can be a great way to keep on top of work. It may sound boring scheduling in “fun time” but this is the easiest way to get work slotted in. If you don’t plan which work should be completed by when, you risk racing through the first week having not gotten anything done.
The whole point of a holiday is to recuperate so don’t spend all your time studying. My top two tips are working every day – for a couple of hours each time – for optimum learning and ensuring a ten minute break every 50 minutes so you don’t burn out!
Just try not to leave it till the last minute! We’ve all been there; frantically cramming in work and returning to school/college/university more stressed than ever. Setting aside some time each day and really ploughing through it will save you in the long run, I promise!
Have a lovely Christmas break everyone!
Do you have any tips on how to juggle work with Christmas fun? Let us know in the comments below!
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