Yay! You’ve got some time off work. You don’t have to get up early in the morning. You don’t have to trudge along to work. You don’t have to deal with the stresses of the day-to-day. You’ve got some free time that’s just for you, you lucky thing! So you might as well make good use of it.
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1. Spend time with your family
It can be heartbreaking when you don’t get to spend enough time with your children, your partner, your mum or anybody else who you really care about. This is your opportunity to make it up to them. Spend your time off bonding with your family and having a gay old time.
2. Just relax
If your working life is super stressful, then you need to make sure that you take this time to relax. They give you holiday time for a reason after all. It’s so you don’t reach the point of having a full-on burnout. So, don’t even look at your e-mails, because you need a little “me” time every once in a while.
3. Go on holiday
Take a trip somewhere. This is the easiest way to really get away from it all. You could sun yourself on a beautiful beach or, if that’s not your style, you could do a little sightseeing on a city break. You could party on down at a festival or you could go and stay in a cabin that’s only a two-hour drive away. It doesn’t matter; the point is that you’re getting away for a bit.
4. Finish jobs around the house
Perhaps you’ve been meaning to do a little decorating for a while or there are various DIY jobs that you’ve started and haven’t had the chance to finish. With all of this free time, you have absolutely no excuse to not crack on with it. You’ll be proud of your handiwork afterwards.
5. Do the errands you don't usually have time for
These could be big, important errands or the stuff you just can’t be arsed doing when you get home from work and you’re knackered. So you’ve got the time now to do things like filling in your tax return or taking your old clothes to the charity shop or organising your DVD collection alphabetically and by genre – whatever floats your boat.
6. Plan lots of activities
There’s probably a load of fun stuff you can spend your days doing that’s fairly close to home. Take in some culture at local art galleries and museums, go to a theme park, go to a talk on something that interests you, and out for drinks and lunches. This is a surefire way to prevent you wasting your time off. Be warned, though: time does fly when you’re having fun.
7. Do some freelance work
Along with taking the time to relax – because that’s so important and don’t forget it – you could take on a little extra work that you can do from home. This way you’ll be paid from your job and earn some extra cash on top of that to spend on all the fun activities you have planned later.
8. Do some prep for work
If you really want to impress your boss or colleagues, you can get prepared for the coming months at work. Alternatively, you can do some reading up on your industry, learn the latest trends or learn some new techniques. That’s pretty boring, though; a holiday sounds much better.
9. Do the things you love
Again, this is about doing all the things you don’t usually have the time for, but this time I’m talking about fun stuff, of course. It might be as simple as reading a good book or getting out into the garden or doing some painting. This is the time you have to spend on your favourite hobbies.
10. Fulfil your dreams
You could spend your time off doing something positive that could even change your life. Write a novel, set up a business on the side, make a short film or put an eBook together. Make your dreams come true.
Only you know what will be the most fulfilling way to spend your time off work. You might be the type that can’t sit still and has to be doing something at all times or you might be the type that will just laze around and appreciate a little downtime. Just make the most of it, whatever you do.