7 Productive Things to Do During Your Holidays

Work and a busy schedule can take a lot out of a person. Thankfully, the holidays are a great time to slow down, recharge, spend time seeing your loved ones, and do things you wouldn't normally have time to do. 

              7 Productive Things to Do During Your Holidays

1     1.Schedule all your appointments.

Go see your doctor, your dentist, and your barber or hair stylist. Take your pet to the vet for a check-up. Get the oil changed in your car. Think of all those minor inconveniences you just can't seem to get to when you're on your regular schedule, and check them off the list.

2. Call your long-distance friends.

You know that list of friends and family members you've been meaning to catch up with, but never seem to find the time? Open your phone, find a comfortable spot to sit, and give them a call with your full attention. Now's the perfect time to connect with people you don't see regularly but want to stay in touch with.

3. Start building a habit.

Some say it takes 21 days to build a habit. Others say it takes a lot longer. But exactly how long it takes doesn't really matter. The point is, you have to put the work in up front if you want a habit to stick. So why not use the holidays to get started?

Whether you want to start flossing every day or writing in a journal before bed each night, take the time during your downtime to start habit-forming and set yourself up for success.
4) Catch up on reading.
Here's a classic but essential vacation tip: сatch up on those books or articles you've been wanting to get to so badly. It's really hard to find time to read when you're busy with work, but now that you're on vacation, you can cuddle up with a blanket and a book.

4. Volunteer.

Serving others has a long list of intangible benefits, like pride, satisfaction, accomplishment, connections with others, strengthening your community, and improving the lives of others. There are health benefits, too: Along with social benefits, a growing body of research shows there's a strong relationship between volunteering and physical health.

Don't have a specific cause in mind? Check out your local library, youth centre, animal shelter, homeless shelter, or hospital to see if they're in need of volunteers.

5. Find a quiet space to let your mind wander.
When we're deep in our work routines, it can be hard to tear ourselves away from our immediate tasks and goals. But not removing ourselves from these things can mean we miss out on seeing interesting new connections and developing innovations. This is especially true during the busy weeks leading up to the holidays.

Take some time to remove yourself from your day-to-day - to be alone and reflect. Daydream about being your own customer, or your competitor, or what it's like to be the product you produce. Analyze how you've been spending your time over the past few months and whether you'd like to make changes.

6. Get exercise in.

I'm not going to get into the benefits of exercise (or we'd be here for a while), but the holiday season is an especially hard time to keep a consistent workout routine. Factors like cooler temperatures, less daylight, busy travel schedules, and food-oriented gatherings can all throw off your schedule. But staying active -- even just a little bit each day -- can be easy and fun. The American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times per week.
Not an athlete? Physical activity doesn't have to be intense. Find an activity like walking, vacuuming -- heck, even shopping -- that gets the blood flowing. Something is always better than nothing.

7) Set goals for next term .

Setting goals gives you a baseline for measuring success, and the motivation to stay on course when things get crazy.
To get more specific, you can break larger goals into smaller ones by month. If you want to really dig in to your goals and ground them in reality, try setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound) and make a plan for staying on course.

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