Last week, I was solely focused on anything that was mid-term exam & project-oriented. My tiny brain was inundated with meeting deadlines; reading…reading and…RE-reading Harvard Business Review case studies; agonizing over how to piece together several 2-15 page, 12-pt, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margin explanation and recommendation papers; and, the COUP DE GRACE, cooking up ways to describe amazing broad topics such as competencies and balance scorecards.
Now that mid-term week is officially over for me, its time to focus on Spring Break. Yes, I do realize that I’m not “out of the woods” yet. And yes, I still have final exam week to command and conquer. But whats the harm in dreaming for a blog or two about how great, wonderful, amazing and awesome a well-deserved 9-10 day break from classes, papers and people will be.
For me, I really don’t have anything significant (e.g. trip) planned. Mostly, I just wanted to get myself thinking about how I make the most of my spring break…even if I’m only in Columbus.
1. Take a Break. Sounds crazy, huh? Well, its true. Everyone of us needs to detox our brains & bodies from “trying to do it all”. Take a day, do A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y nothing and feel good about it. There is no sense in feeling guilty about having to “do something” when there is nothing to do. For me, its a 9:53am wake-up and a date with some Cap’n Crunch and CSI Miami re-runs all day. Horacio…such a bad man.
2. Think Outside the Bar. This might cause some graduate students to blow a gasket. Its fair to admit: there are “other” forms of entertainment and socializing other than ritual ‘mug night’ at the local hole-in-the-wall. Punxsutwaney Phil said spring is coming early this early. I believe him and so should you. Go for a bike ride or take on the hiking trails at Alum Creek. Maybe hit up a new part of town and see what else Columbus has to offer. It might be worth your while.
3. Tie Up Loose Ends. Now that you’ve done “nothing” for a whole day, its time to be semi-productive. Try to tie up all those loose ends you know you have been putting off for quite some time. Schedule that drug test for your internship (um, that’s me), clean out your car or play catch-up on your DVR. You’ll feel better when you do.
4. Me time. Embrace the solitude of just having a week off. Everything and everyone has been pulling at you for the last 12 weeks. The demands of grad school have taken their toll on your body and its time to recharge your batteries. The best thing I’ve found to get my swagger back (other than use Old Spice Swagger body wash) is to spend some good ol’ time with three people I know best: me, myself and I.