101 Ways to Be More Productive During Your Summer Vacation

While you’re on break in between school years, it would be wise to spend that time productively through one or several of these 100 good things that can be done during your summer vacation.

Rest and relax:

  1. Power down and destress.
  2. Catch up on movies, shows, or games.
  3. Fix your sleep schedule.
  4. Hang out with your friends.
  5. Engage in a relaxing hobby.
  6. Listen to some relaxing music.
  7. Make some art.
  8. Take your dog for a walk.
  9. Learn how to meditate.
  10. Find a quiet spot in town where you can reflect.

Help out:

  1. Do household chores.
  2. Help in cleaning up your neighborhood.
  3. Offer neighbors to do chores and errands for them.
  4. Join a volunteer outreach program.
  5. Read for the blind and dyslexic.
  6. Volunteer in an retirement home.
  7. Knit or crochet for babies and pets.
  8. Deliver meals to clients or the needy.
  9. Look after younger family members and relatives.
  10. Give your pets a bath.


  1. Tour the countryside.
  2. Go camping, hiking, and/or backpacking.
  3. Become an exchange student.
  4. Visit your out-of-town or overseas friends and family.
  5. Work abroad.
  6. Make good use of your student status and get discounts to tours.
  7. Book an educational tour.
  8. Get into couch surfing.
  9. Visit a zoo and/or aquarium.
  10. Volunteer abroad.

Gain more knowledge:

  1. Read some books from cover to cover.
  2. Do writing exercises.
  3. Learn how to cook.
  4. Practice a musical instrument.
  5. Learn a new language.
  6. Attend summer school.
  7. Visit museums.
  8. Visit historical sites.
  9. Take online courses.
  10. Watch online university lectures.
  11. Make something with your own hands.
  12. Study in advance or get a tutor for subjects you’re having a hard time.

Earn and learn about money:

  1. Look for an internship or a part-time job.
  2. Open a bank account.
  3. Learn how to manage your money.
  4. Start looking into different ways of investing money.
  5. Think of business ideas.
  6. Start a small business.
  7. Learn how to do your own taxes.
  8. Read up on the stock market.
  9. Research on foreign exchange.
  10. Look up financial scams and learn how to avoid them.

Prepare for school and your future:

  1. Look at next school year’s curriculum.
  2. Browse your text books.
  3. Look at colleges and majors.
  4. Browse job markets.
  5. Write down your goals and future aspirations.
  6. Rule out things that you don’t like.
  7. Work to discover your true passion.
  8. Figure out how to make your passion profitable.
  9. Work on your resume or curriculum vitae.

Challenge yourself:

  1. Dig up an old to-do list and complete it.
  2. Clean your whole living space.
  3. Write a novel.
  4. Produce a short film.
  5. Research your family history.
  6. Eat healthier.
  7. Get into a regular workout routine.
  8. Work towards some physical milestones (workout and go to the gym).
  9. Train and join a race.
  10. Take up swimming and other water sports.
  11. Climb a mountain.
  12. Get into a martial art.
  13. Quit bad habits.

Work on your own professional brand while you’re still young:

  1. Start a blog.
  2. Clean up your social media.
  3. Take more pictures and create a photo diary.
  4. Practice your public speaking skills.
  5. Make videos and upload them online.
  6. Start your own podcast.
  7. Learn about online marketing.
  8. Build your portfolio.

Help Mother Nature:

  1. Plant your own garden.
  2. Don’t drive; walk or ride a bike.
  3. Make your own compost heap.
  4. Recycle old stuff to make new stuff.
  5. Help groups with planting trees.
  6. Volunteer to help take care of rescued animals.
  7. Work at an organic farm.

Become a better person:

  1. Decide to become a better person. This is always the first step.
  2. Make amends with estranged friends and family.
  3. Make a habit of thanking others.
  4. Turn a weakness into a strength.
  5. Look for a mentor.
  6. Be a mentor.
  7. Find ways to get motivated.
  8. Master time management.
  9. Become more organized.
  10. Count your blessings and be grateful for what you have.
  11. Become gracious in your victories.
  12. Learn how to come to terms with your failures.

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