With the holidays fast approaching, and the New Year only a few months away, it's easy to throw in the towel on studying. During this time of year, we all deserve a break from the work we've been doing. However, that doesn't mean to ignore it completely.
Take advantage of the time off you have to see friends, family, or take a small vacation. A break from work or school can be very beneficial for productivity in the future and helps ease stress. Keep in mind that putting off work entirely may seem like a good idea now, but it's likely to cause more stress when you have to get back into the swing of things.
If you have work that will only pile up during the holidays if you don't tend to it, create a realistic schedule of relaxing and studying. Make sure to dedicate time each day to work and it will become another part of your day. If you accomplish your tasks in the morning, you have all day to enjoy your vacation. Or, if you work better at night, set aside time to study before going to bed.
A nice balance between the two will prove beneficial. While you may want to forget school or work during the holiday, ask yourself if it will pay off in the end. More likely than not, it will only be temporary satisfaction.
Studying doesn't have to be something you must do, it can be something you want to do. Look at it as your chance to keep your mind active and be prepared for the next round of classes.
It's important to make a schedule, but it doesn't have to be entirely focused on studying. Just be sure to include your work on a regular basis while enjoying your time off and you'll get the best of both worlds.
Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Director of Admissions