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HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE… EVEN IN SUMMER! (FT. TYPEBOOST)

I am lucky enough to have been sponsored by Typeboost, a company that I believe truly values the virtue of productivity, for the creation of this blogpost.

Summer is probably the best time to 'get stuff done', as they say, and yet most of us relish in doing absolutely nothing at all. Or do we really? Whilst it is nice to have seemingly endless amounts of unstructured days free from any university or academic commitment, one cannot help from feeling completely redundant every now and then. I know that this dichotomy really gets me down: whilst it's lovely to not have looming deadlines or seminar classes to prepare for, at the same time I grow to hate not getting ANYTHING DONE WHATSOEVER. I swear it's even bad for my mental health, in the same way that having too much going on also impacts my mental health.

So, in this blogpost, I've decided to gather some ideas together that I've learned over the course of this summer and previous summers that I believe will really help you to achieve a productive attitude to this lazy (and very hot) summer.

1) WRITE, WRITE, WRITE! Preparing for your upcoming studies, or fulfilling your own creative aspirations is a productive way to go about this underrated summer activity. Still, how many times do we say that we're going to write such and such an article or book review and never actually get round to fulfilling our desire to do so? In order to combat this lack of productivity, I recommend using Typeboost, an up-and-coming app which basically plays music as you type out your essay/notes/blogpost/anything you would like to type about. Having that sense of concentration in the musical form has proven to be effective when I feel the need to write stuff down, whether that's studying independently, creative writing or a blogpost (I'm using the app to type this up right now). As soon as I break for a while and the music stops, I feel eager to start writing again just to hear the calming classical music (which you can very easily personalise to your own preference). This is a really innovative studying tool for anything from practicing essays to taking notes from reading lists. You can learn more about Typeboost here in order to increase your writing speed: www.typeboost.io 

2) Exercise, exercise… exercise? Okay, so maybe not THAT much exercise. But a light work out here and there, or some yoga poses whilst you close your eyes and imagine that you're in a faraway island… you get the idea. Exercise is just as good for your peace-of-mind as the creative act of writing can be. Set out an exercise mat in the back garden and enjoy some light stretching in the sun. Whatever you choose, it doesn't always have to be heavy-lifting to feel fulfilling, and it's a good excuse to get outside and enjoy the glorious weather. Feel at one with nature, so they say. Still, it's important to remember to be realistic and to not be too hard on yourself as that's obviously counterproductive (the opposite aim of this article!).

3) Work experience. Work experience is a very easy way to become productive during your summer holidays. There are so many different places that you can apply for. If you're truly lacking inspiration/opportunities, you can easily find online magazines to write for that are willing to take on new writers and pitch an idea to them that relates to your interests. Failing this, starting an online project such as your own blog, website or YouTube channel is just as innovative and impressive (if not more) to future employers. A glossing-up of your C.V. can't hurt either.

Have you got any more summertime productivity ideas? Let me know in the comments down below.

Love,

Chloe

Thank you to Typeboost for sponsoring this post.
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About the Author

Chloe Jade is an undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham reading English and Philosophy. Post-graduation, her ambition is to become a journalist. In order to read, write and share as much as she wants, she decided to create this blog so that she could explore her wider interests and experiences.