With spring break occurring for many students across the nation, this is a key time to take a break from studies and relax. However, this week of relaxation doesn’t have to be a week of laziness. For many teen entrepreneurs, spring break and other school vacations can be a great time to catch up on work and other projects that occur in the background during the school year. Here are five tips to having a more productive spring break.
Keep in Touch With Project Members
During the school year, it can be quite difficult to keep in regular contact with the other members and participants in your entrepreneurial projects you have taken on. From homework to studying for exams, it’s common to have a more than packed schedule at this time. Spring break can be a great opportunity for you to not only get in contact with them, but also to handle many issues that may have gotten swept under the rug over the past few months. In addition, this is a great time for you all to collaborate on plans for the rest of the year.
Make a Plan for the Rest of the Year
For many of you, spring break is a natural point to check in on the new year and make adjustments. With many taking SAT tests and Advanced Placement tests, the rest of the spring will be a time of less contact that the beginning of the school year. For this reason, it’s smart to use this spring break to make a call to action for the rest of both your teammates and you for the rest of the year. This should include group responsibilities and how you will make use of the upcoming summer. This will prevent you from making spontaneous decisions in a hectic time. This may seem unfeasible in just one week. However, you must remember that this plan should be only an outline. There will be pitfalls and even changes in who is involved with the project; those are changes you can’t always plan for.
Create/Work On Your Home Office
During the year, you’d be surprised where I’ve set up shop for getting some writing and productive work in. Since my home office is well, at home, I am not always at my desk as much as I would love. I’ve made impromptu business meetings during rowing practice, had a videoconference while working on an English project at a coffee shop, and shot out some of my favorite articles while in the car on my way to complete some errands. For this reason, my home office has fallen to disuse and is now a bit unwelcoming with the piles of papers that have been collected on it. If you want to make your home office welcoming for the coming summer season, where it will be of use a bit more, use spring break to make it the office of your dreams. Even if you don’t have one, spend this spring break creating a great place in your home that will be your work base.
Improve Your Work Experience
As an entrepreneur, you should remember that most entrepreneurs aren’t born with a business or company at their fingertips. It takes experience that must be accumulated over years. If you are interested in blogging and writing for example, a field I am in, make this the time to approach websites and seeing if you can get your start or improve your experience with them. Many websites, including Problogger’s own job board, are great places to find opportunities for writing. Mashable also has a very high quality job board that offers opportunities from interning to full jobs. Teens in Tech has a job board and we always welcome new writers who have a passion to learn and work!
Most Importantly: Relax!
With all of these tips on productivity, it’s important to remember to just relax. This should be a time of vacation. You may be thinking to yourself, “How will relaxing make me a more productive person?” You may be surprised to find out, if you spend this time clearing your thoughts, you will have more of a drive to get back to work on both your project and your school.
Now make the most of your spring break!