Student Tips

How to Stay Productive over Summer Break

24th July 2020

You deserve a break – and should take one – but it’s a good idea to keep some kind of routine and productivity while you’re away from studying. It’s easy to relax into the summer break after focusing on assessments and work for months, but you’ll be in for a shock when you have to get cracking with work again. Here are some tips to stay productive over summer!

1) Routine

Keeping a routine is a great way to keep your productivity up, but also to lead a healthy life. You don’t have to be strict on yourself or micro-manage your day, but do try and follow some general daily rules. For example:

• Stick to a regular sleeping pattern
• Exercise
• Eat regular meals
• Set aside time each day to work on something (a new song, an online course, a project)
• Make some time to practice wellness (reading, yoga, meditation, walking)

2) Take a Break

A key aspect of being productive is knowing when to take a break. You don’t need to continuously work; make sure you take some time for yourself. Try to clear your mind of what you’re working on when you’re taking a break. Some great activities for this are:

• Going for a walk
• Listening to a podcast
• Watching your favourite film
• Reading
• Chatting with friends

Make sure you’re not stuck inside all summer working; take the time to go and do something fun and blow off some steam.

3) Put your Phone Down

Take some time away from social media – the world can be very overwhelming and it’s okay to take a step back and stop consuming news constantly. If you feel uncomfortable completely without your phone, most have a settings option to limit certain apps. Try and limit your time on social media by using this and you may find you actually don’t miss it at all.

Make sure you let your friends/family know you’re putting the phone away so they don’t feel ignored and take a break from the screen. Social media will still be there when you get back!

A great book on this is How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price.

4) Be Creative

Make sure you put some time aside to exercise your creativity. You don’t have to create masterpieces; just have a go at being creative without any pressure! Some great creative pastimes include:

• Painting and drawing
• Songwriting
• Playing instruments
• Creative writing
• Cooking and baking
• Journalling

There are so many ways to be creative and you can tie this into time away from your phone and taking your mind off things. Being able to be creative without the pressure of having to show anyone or hand it in for an assessment will be a good reminder of why you enjoy it.

Staying productive over summer will keep you on the wagon and make going back to university a little easier, as well as helping you have a positive summer. Staying productive not only helps you academically, but it also helps to keep your well-being at the forefront of your routine… where it should be!


Zoe Newton

Zoe is a Alt-country singer-songwriter from Bristol. She completed BA(Hons) Songwriting at BIMM Bristol in 2019, and has been working as a Student Mentor.