Stay Cool (and Productive) This Summer

Photo by Syd Sujuaan on Unsplash

Photo by Syd Sujuaan on Unsplash

By: Daniella Saldana, Staff Writer, The Memo

Getting ready for the hot, hot summer? So are we! We're not just talking about chugging ice water and sitting next to the AC -- we're also preparing to make this summer our most productive one yet.

Looking to stay cool and productive this summer? Here some things to do:

Enroll In A Course: It’s important to stay busy this summer. Whether you’re busy on vacation or busy working, make this summer a productive one. It's the perfect time to take a class in a subject you've always meant to learn, or enroll in a professional development course to up your career game (psst, have you tried one of our career boot camps?). For those still in school, this is the prime time for getting experience in your field by looking for internships. Learn now what you need to and you’ll be thankful you did.

Attend A Local Event in Your Town (i.e. state fairs, music festivals, flea markets): No matter which state you live in, it's likely your state is hosting an epic summer event -- you just have to look for it! You can access your hometown and/or state homepage to see what's happening this summer and when. They are typically inexpensive, fun, and they are also a great way to support local businesses.

Learn a new Language : There are so many benefits of being multilingual. Apps like Duolingo give you the freedom to search for any language you would want to learn. Whether you are preparing for a trip abroad or just simply want to learn something new, let this summer be the summer you became fluent in Spanish, or French, or Mandarin. The limit does not exist to what you could do this summer!

See A Play or Visit The Museum: Check out Todaytix for hot deals on Broadway plays (ahem, Hamilton tickets), local plays, and everything in between. You can also keep it local and check out your town’s community theatre. Perhaps you’ll be inspired by the theatre world and you can get involved!

You can also check out your local museum's website (they may offer discounts). Museums are not only educational, but also inspiring, and sometimes unusual. You never know what you will find!

Read, Read, Read: There are some REALLY good movies you could watch this summer, but I prefer to read the books before I watch the movie. If you liked movies like Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, check out Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. For something different, check out The Answers by Catherine Lacey. For my personal recommendation, check out The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena.

Start a Garden : Start your own garden this summer. It’s a positive way to reinforce healthy eating habits. You also know exactly where your food is coming from, and best of all it's fairly inexpensive (you're paying for the seeds and supplies.) Compared to the grocery store, you are saving so much more than those coupons can offer.

Pick Up A New Hobby: Broaden your horizons this summer or just try something you’ve always wanted to do. It’s never too late to learn something new. Try photography, creative writing, running, birdwatching, surfing, camping, stamp-collecting, scrapbooking – anything that catches your attention. Explore what you could get into. Who knows, you might be REALLY good at it.

Set Personal Goals: Above all else, the best way to keep cool this summer is to live as happy and healthy as you can, whatever that may mean to you. Whether you want to improve yourself for your career, or improve an aspect of your personal life, now is as good a time as any to set yourself on the path to success. Create realistic goals (weekly) that are easy to achieve but that challenge you for the better.