It is officially summer!

The air is warm. The days are long. The pool is calling your name. It’s the perfect time kick back, watch a movie, and just chill. And chilling you need!

After a long school year, you deserve to take a little time to let your mind restBut, as most things in life, you need a healthy balance between relaxing and keeping your mind fresh and activated.

Time off during the summer is a luxury that you may not have forever. Since you’ve got some time to spare now, you might as well spend that time being productive; growing, learning, and creating.

There are infinite ways you have a productive summer. Here are a few of our favorite ideas to stay productive over summer break:

Today is the day. Let’s make it happen.

 

1. Listen to a new genre of music.

Try out different genres of music that are outside of your typical comfort zone. Try out metal, or jazz, or bubble trance. Bubble trance? (Yea, I guess that’s a thing?). Listening to new genres will certainly be uncomfortable at first, but challenge your brain to stick it out and appreciate the subtleties in the music. You might even discover a new genre of music you didn’t even know existed!

To get started, check out this post to discover new music genres.

 

2. Learn a new language.

If you can obtain the ability to fluently speak two languages, you’ll give yourself the ultimate career advantage. Forget about that fancy, expensive degree. If you can speak two languages, your ‘hireability factor’ will automatically soar. Learning a new language is not easy, though! It could take you years of hard work to obtain fluency. So start working at it this summer and give yourself a headstart.

There are tons of free resources out there to help you get started. Check out this list of free apps and explore edx.org and their offering free video-based language courses.

 

3. Start an online business.

You are living at the absolute perfect time in human history to start a business and make money online. Maybe you have some cool drawings you can put on t-shirts and sell, or you want to write and sell an e-book, or sell your homemade jewelry, or offer your social media services to local business (trust me, they NEED your help).

If you don’t have an idea of what kind of business you’d like to start, it’s all good! This is actually an exciting time because now you get to do some personal thinking about your own passions, interests, and skills. Just the act of brainstorming new ideas will be incredibly valuable for your long-term personal development. Write out your passions, your interests, how you spend your free time. The more ideas you can come up with, the better chance you’ll have that one of them is a winner.

Then start researching. Ask yourself the essential questions: What do you need? A brand? A name? A product? A website? Start googling and you’ll be amazed at the number of free resources available to help start your business. Once you’ve narrowed down your list to a few solid ideas, start researching. Is anyone doing this already? What would it take to get this launched? How much is it going to cost? What steps do you need to take first?

Some good places to start are to follow Gary Vee and check out resources like the subreddit /entrepreneur to read motivational stories and help guide you in the right direction.

 

4. Learn to cook.

Odds are, you like food. Because you have to…for survival. Why not learn how to cook your own food yourself?

Cooking is a rewarding, lifelong skill to acquire; and it can be both a fun and productive social activity you can enjoy with friends or family.

Scientifically speaking, food is pretty crazy when you really think about. Food is essentially fuel we ingest that powers everything we do. Our brains and bodies need food to function properly and every piece of food you put in your body affects it in different ways. Cooking is the best way to start paying attention to exactly what kind of fuel you’re putting into this machine (aka your body!).

Not sure where to start? Follow and subscribe to my wife Caryn’s website, Veggie Campus, where you can learn simple and easy ways to start eating more vegetables. Veggie Campus is a resource meant for people just starting out with cooking, so you’ll find plenty of easy whole food recipes, videos, and cooking tips. Trust me, her food is quite delicious!

 

5. Make cool stuff.

What do you like to make? Maybe you like to make videos, dance routines, write stories, bake muffins, knit cat helmets (yea that’s a thing here in Taiwan).

If you’re not sure where to start, try a little brainstorming activity. This is another great opportunity to do some internal thinking about yourself. Start writing out a list of ideas and ways you currently spend your free time. 

Find an area of interest and just start making things. Even if they aren’t very good at first, who cares? Just keep building, keep tweaking, keep trying new ideas. Maybe you’ll get bored and want try something else. Or maybe you’ll hit a goldmine of inspiration and discover a new lifelong passion.

You never know. You’ve got the time now to experiment and explore!

If you want to try making songs or videos, give me a shout on YouTube and I’d love to help offer some tips and advice in any way that I can.

6. Sweat it out.

Keep in mind that humans didn’t evolve to sit on the couch and watch Netflix all day long. We’re built to move. To keep your mind and body fresh over the long term, you’ve gotta get up off the couch and get moving.

This doesn’t mean you need to do anything crazy like sprint up a mountain or sign up for an Ultra-Marathon. Just go outside on a hike, play some basketball, volleyball or a round of whiffle ball with some friends at the park. Even just taking a walk around your neighborhood and listening to a podcast or that new Jam Campus song that just dropped on Soundcloud

Moving your body and sweating it out is essential to your health and will improve your brain and body functions in the long term. It also helps boost your confidence and makes you feel good about yourself to get out there and let a little steam off.

Ok, there we have it. I hope those give you some good ideas on how to spend your time this summer. I’ll still be living here in Taiwan this summer where it is Hot Hot HOT until the fall. Hope we make it.

Have a fantastic rest of your week and I’ll see you next time.

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