Managing a “holiday” and work

Hey everyone, hope you are all well. It’s currently the Easter holidays for us at York, however the word “holiday” always seems to irritate me as it symbolizes peace and relaxation but since about Year 9 these end of term breaks have consisted, for the most part, of revision and assignments.

It’s not the best feeling when all you want to do is sit on the sofa with a cup of tea and power through a series of Game of Thrones. On the other hand keeping up with the work is important and if you do it, you know that in the not too distant future when the next term begins you’ll be grateful you made that box set last a bit longer than a day.

So bearing this in mind, I thought I’d give you some of my tips to make sure that you get some work done and being able to have a bit of break and enjoy yourself!

1. Make a plan of when you have things planned and when you are free

So you are in the first week of the holiday and safe to say you are not doing much work, that is perfectly normal! You’ll probably have already organised some meet ups with friends from home or to go out to the cinema – this has my approval. Now that you have some social things in the diary, write them down along with the days that you haven’t got anything planned so that you know that on those days you are able to do some solid work.

2. Make it a working day

The well known saying ‘workin’ 9 till 5′ is what I work well to. Get up early, have a cup of tea, get out of your pyjamas and get down to work. I work in hour intervals and then give myself a 5 – 10 minute break, making sure that I have a walk around just to get a different view from your work station.


When you are meant to be working, make sure you are working. Make sure those Instagram, Facebook and Twitter tabs are well and truly closed. Put you phone in a different room and turn off the wi-fi so you don’t get distracted by those notifications which will then turn into you checking snapchat “just for a minute” and before you know it 15 minutes have past. Use those 10 minute breaks to make sure the world hasn’t exploded!

4. Keep up the hydration levels

I find that my productivity level vastly increases if I have a bottle of water around. It’s a little thing but it really is important to make sure you don’t get dehydrated by getting lost in the world of work!

5. Be realistic, set aims for the day but don’t get upset if you don’t achieve everything

At the end of a working day, I try to make a plan for the next day of what I’m going to tackle the next day. I personally find this quite motivating as achieving all be it small goals is something to be proud of as a stepping stone is one step further than you were previously.

Here are some of my tips, I hope you find them helpful if you have any of your own please leave them in the comments section. Hope you are all well and take care of yourselves!


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Second Year BEng Electronic Engineering Student. Originally from the Midlands but now becoming a proper Northerner! Avid tea drinker, book reader and Disney lover!