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How To Actually Be Productive During Reading Week

We all know how fall reading week usually goes. You promise yourself to catch up on readings but end up four hours deep on YouTube videos about puppies riding skateboards. Use these tips to avoid dedicating yourself completely to the internet and get a few things on your to-do list done.

One: Break It Up

Sometimes a “break” can be overwhelming. You’re at the point in the semester where you’ve realized that maybe you haven’t been doing your best or accomplished everything you’ve wanted to. You’ve decided that this reading week you’re going to actually do all your readings, finish all your upcoming assignments and get everything done all at once. The way I see it, we both know that’s not going to happen. Take your time and pace yourself. Every day just try to accomplish one thing, whether that one thing is finishing (starting?) an essay, making reading notes for one class or catching up on a good book. One goal, each day.

Two: Catch Up

Remember all those readings you said you would do later? Well, here we are – later. This point goes hand in hand with the first. Make a list and prioritize the most important things you want to get done before your week is over. Work on the tasks you said you’d finish after “one more” Netflix episode – the ones you said “I already know all this!” to.

Three: Take a Break

It is a week long break after all, and you deserve it after making it through the first month of school.

Four: Take Time for Non-Academic Goals

Another list! Being productive isn’t all about academics. Whether your goal is to hit the gym more or binge watch Stranger Things for the third time (I respect that), every goal counts! The break is especially helpful if you’re involved in any sort of student group, society, club, etc. Use this time to get any fun work done before you’re buried in midterm exams and preparing for final projects.

Five: Take More Breaks

Take ALL the breaks. Especially with Thanksgiving on the horizon, we know you’ll be passed out in a turkey coma like the rest of us. Enjoy time with family and friends (and free food!); you’ll have plenty of time to worry about school next Monday. Your health and happiness is and should always be your number one priority, so make sure to give yourself plenty of “me time” this October break.