Summer plans, anyone?

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

It’s March, we’re all waiting for that turnover from winter to summer. But I’m going to put it out there, have you made plans for summer yet? It’s a thought that came up to my mind even since January. It’s probably because I know this is probably my last long summer.. for the rest of my life. Seems mildly dramatic but with clinics round the corner (hopefully) I’m  convinced on making the most of my summer. Here’s a few tips for you to look into if you – like me- like to plan things early for summer 🙂

1. Holiday (duh)
What else would you be doing in the summer but to plan a holiday right? Go and get some sun (while it’s there) soak up the Vitamin D. Be it by going to the beach, going hiking in the mountains, visiting ruins of an ancient city, or just merely sight-seeing. Plan a getaway where you have always wanted to go with your family, friend or lover. Take some time out to relax and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!

2. Go home/ visit your family
We are often caught up with our busy lives that we don’t show how much we love and appreciate our family who is always there for us – especially our parents. Why don’t you go and visit them during the summer? Give them a surprise visit and spend time with them. Family consist of the people that are most likely your constant so going back home is always good. PLUS, the food at home is always worth it, isn’t it? 😉

3. Volunteer
Ever had the motivation to volunteer but then thought that you have no time to do it? What better time than to do it during your summer? Think of a cause that you want to volunteer for and go and find a way to do it. We have to make time to contribute to society too. Not only would it be good for the people you are volunteering for (a good deed always goes a long way), but it will also make you feel productive about yourself and makes you feel pretty good. Plus the experience is definitely worth it.

4. Rediscover yourself somehow!
Be it through going on some retreat or spend time reading through the summer – find a way to reflect on the past year. A holiday won’t be so useful if you don’t take sometime to reflect on what you have done so far and find a way to improve yourself once you have ended your holiday. So why not try? We always can find aspects of our lives that we can improve right?

5. Do something new!
Find a new hobby – take up a new activity. This can range from learning how to cook to going abseiling. It can be as wild or as simple as you wish it to be. Aim to learn a new skill that will be useful and make you happy throughout the summer. When you have the time, why not put it into good use? Who knows you might just find a new love for a hobby that you never knew you had a knack at!

6. Finding an internship – or something work related
Ok I have to admit this is not the slightest bit fun. Well i guess it might depend on how you look at it. Regardless, it’s important. If you do have a bit of time in the summer, taking part in some internship/ research project/ etc or other ways that can help you boost your CV then why not? My main tip is: start looking early – it gets competitive especially if you are in certain fields. Another tip: don’t give up. Be persistent – even if it consists of trying to email 30 companies and being rejected by 29 of them. Sometimes asking for help, helps too! Good luck!

7. Part-time work?
Saving up for some money to go on holiday? I guess the answer here is get a summer/ part-time work. It seems reasonable yet so boring. But it all pays off so work hard and save up!

These are my suggestions on how to make your summer as productive as possible. Any other suggestions of what to do for the summer? Don’t forget, whatever you are planning to do, to have fun! Summer is a time to relax a little. ☀️ For now, we can only dream of the time the sun will come out from this rainy and cold almost-spring 😂🌸

Follow your heart. Find your passion.

 

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Being organised (well we all try)

“Organising is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up” – A. A. Milne

Who can underestimate the importance of being organised? It might be difficult, might be boring, but we all know it’s important. Being organised, helps us from making the place that we live in bearable to having a plan for the future. It sorts out all the things that is going on in our head and compartmentalise them into manageable pieces of information to be processed.

The difficulty comes with the implementation on how to be organised. Here are a few helpful tips on how to organise your life:

1. Make a plan.
No matter what you aim to be organised in, making a plan is always a good start. When you are trying to tidy up your room or decorate it, plan out where you want things to be (create a blueprint, if-need-be)! If it’s with regards to your future, making a plan of what needs to be done is also a good idea. It is always good to write down your plan somehow somewhere. This way it is tangible. Don’t forget to stick it somewhere you see often (e.g. in front of the mirror)
When you are making a plan:
prioritise!
How you prioritise totally depends on you because everyone have their own priorities. But since there is usually a lot of things that you want to do, make sure to prioritise what you want to achieve first and what can be delayed. This is extremely important!

2. Make a timeline
Deadlines are good because they keep you on track. Give yourself a deadline for each step that you have planned. Put in the specific date (and if necessary – time) of when each task need to be accomplished. This way you can make sure that your plan is going to work out.

3. Make a check-list
Not always applicable, but when you have planned for something long-term, you need to find a way to keep track of the progress you are making. A physical check-list often helps you. It also gives you the sense of accomplishment when you tick that box off one-by-one! Place your check-list somewhere visible! This way you are constantly reminded.

4. Speaking of reminders, set a reminder!
There is no reason that this is difficult these days because there is always Google calendar or apple calendar. Make sure to set a reminder of the things you need to accomplish in your timeline. If you really don’t have an electronic reminder, how about going old-school and getting an agenda? Or ask your friends/ family to remind you (make sure to find someone reliable that WILL remember though).

At each step, don’t forget to make sure its realistic. Remember – SMART goals! (read previous post 😊)

I agree with you that being organised is not easy. It’s in our apparently inherent nature to be lazy and procrastinate anything that requires organisation. But, I believe the only thing you need is the initial push to start organising. Once you begin, you really don’t feel like stopping. We all have to agree of the gratifying feeling of satisfaction once we have organised something. In the end we all appreciate orderliness, it’s just the thought of the effort becomes too much most of the time. Next time you are procrastinating on organising think of this quote:

“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination”

Simple as it might be it’s a deep thought. No matter what is the form of clutter (physical or mental), it reminds us (well at least for me) of the things that I need to do.

AND (most importantly!) always remember to stay motivated and work hard! I’m sure there is some form of passion/ motivation behind wanting to be more organised. Remember that passion and motivation. It is often the only thing that will keep you going when you feel like procrastinating!

Hope this will inspire you and help you be more organised! If anyone have any additional tips please do share them!

Follow your heart. Find your Passion.