- Being productive gives you purpose. Having a to-do list with goals in mind can help you get out of bed in the morning. Focusing on these goals will improve your happiness.
- Being productive keeps your mind active. An active mind is a happy mind. Staying busy leaves very little time for negative thoughts. Instead of thinking about stressors in your life, take time to learn something new.
- Being productive can increase your quality of life. When you are passionate about something people take notice. For instance, your boss might see how driven you are and promote you. Never underestimate the perks of productivity.
- Being productive can improve your mood. Being productive can simply mean you start participating in activities that alleviate stress. For example, you may start exercising or creating art.
- Being productive helps you evolve. Being productive teaches you to continuously push yourself. The more productive you are, the easier it is to evolve into a better self. This leads to better habits and increased happiness.
- Being productive motivates other people around you. Be proud of the work you do, and know that you pave the way for those who applaud you. Your steps leave footprints for others to follow.
- Volunteering is a great way to fill a few days or weeks of your summer. Helping others allows you to grow as a person, gain experience, and it even looks great on a resume. No matter where you live, there are bound to be plenty of volunteer opportunities available. For instance, retirement homes are always looking for people who are willing to chat and play games with elderly clients. If you are more interested in working with children, coaching a sports team is an option. The perk to volunteering is that you can do it as much or as little as you want; it works around your schedule. Taking some time to get a few volunteer opportunities in can be very beneficial.
- Internships are an incredible way to gain experience in your field of interest. They also boost your resume and are an excellent conversation starter during an interview. If you have even considered doing an internship, summer is prime time to do so. Many students struggle when having to balance school and interning. Summer can allow more time to focus on the internship itself; that way, you can get more out of it.
- Earning extra money and saving over the summer is one of the best things a poor, struggling college student can do. After longs day of class, putting in a bunch of work hours is not ideal. That is why it is smart to work as much as possible during the summer months. Many jobs are seasonal. For instance, summer camps are always looking for counselors. If you do not want to actually have to clock-in somewhere, selling unused items is also a way to make quick money. Looking through old movies and clothes is a great way to start.
EIU’s Civic Engagement and Volunteerism