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Holiday Educational Lesson: A Useless Design for Children



HOLIDAY LESSON: A USELESS DESIGN FOR CHILDREN

37 PRODUCTIVE THING TO DO

Millions of students around the world think what to do during Holiday
Sure, there are games to play, movies to watch, and friends to hang out with.
But there are also plenty of productive things to do during the school holidays.
Here is the list of 37 worthwhile things to do.
1. Reflect on the semester gone by.
Take out a sheet of paper and answer these three questions:
What did I do well in the past semester?
What did I not do so well in the past semester?
What will I do differently in the coming semester?
2. Set process goals for the coming semester.
This is a follow-up to Point #1.
Set process goals for the coming semester instead of performance goals, because process goals are far more effective.
Whats the difference between the two types of goals?
Process goals are what you intend to do, while performance goals are what you intend to achieve.
Heres an example.
Performance goal: Get an A for math next semester.
Process goal: Do three extra math questions every day after dinner.
By setting process goals, youre more likely to take action than if you only set performance goals.
So take some time and set 5 to 10 process goals for the coming semester.
3. Watch educational YouTube videos.

Here are a few of my favorite educational YouTube channels:
MinutePhysics (all kinds of cool physics)
CrashCourse (history, chemistry, astronomy, and much more)
AsapSCIENCE (science topics ranging from biology to psychology)
For more suggestions, check out this Mashable article.
4. Watch documentaries.
You can watch thousands of high-quality documentaries for free at Documentary Heaven.
5. Get a job.
Dont worry too much about what the job will pay. As the saying goes, Take a job for what you will learn, not for what you will earn.
This is especially true when it comes to school holiday jobs. The best learning experience might just come in the form of an unpaid job or internship.
6. Learn a new language.
Visit these websites and learn a new language:
Duolingo
Babbel
BBC Languages
7. Find a cause you care about.
The school holidays are a good time to give back.
Find a cause you care about, and start thinking of ways to support that cause. Then read this article, which lists 10 ways to support a good cause.
8. Volunteer.
As a follow-up to Point #7, find a practical way to serve and contribute. You could volunteer to clean up the beach, help out at a nursing home or animal shelter, or deliver meals to the elderly.
9. Improve your physical health.
You have more time during the school holidays. So this is a great opportunity to start sleeping well, exercising regularly, and eating healthily.
10. Learn a new skill.

You could learn skills like
Public speaking
Cooking
Drawing
Self-defense
Negotiation
Listening
Positive thinking
11. Read.
I strongly recommend that you read these five books:
Mans Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
Feel the Fear  and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
The Happy Student by Daniel Wong  International Edition/Asian Edition (Im allowed to recommend my own book, right?

 )
12. Take an online course.
There are thousands of online courses to choose from on Coursera and Udemy.
13. Build or fix something.
Fix a broken fan, build a computer, or make a table. These are skills that will come in handy in the future.
14. Visit museums.
A trip to a museum will make you more knowledgeable, and youll probably leave feeling inspired too.
Whats more, its typically free (or cheap) to get in.
15. Start a business.

You could start something small like a
Babysitting business
Dog-walking business
Pet-sitting business
Or you could think big like these 12 kids, who have built million-dollar businesses in arenas like app development, online advertising, fashion, and hair products.
16. Learn to manage your money.
Money management is a valuable life skill. Get started by checking out the resources at Practical Money Skills for Life.
17. Pick up a new hobby.
Youll probably feel bored at some point during the school holidays. Thats the time to pick up a new hobby like
Juggling
Gardening
Playing the ukulele
Dancing
Photography
Stargazing
18. Sell the things you arent using.
Im sure you own many things you arent using, which other people would be willing to pay for.
So hold a garage sale, or put the items up for sale online.
19. Visit a nearby college or university.
Whenever I visit a college or university campus, I feel a sense of excitement. Colleges and universities are so full of youth, passion, knowledge, and potential.
This school holiday, visit one in your area. Learn about the courses and programs offered, and get a feel for the campus culture.
You might just leave the campus with a clearer vision of your future plans and goals.
20. Achieve an athletic goal.

Take Point #9 a step further and work toward a specific athletic goal.
Here are some examples:
Do 15 pull-ups in 30 seconds
Do 50 push-ups in 1 minute
Do 60 sit-ups in 1 minute
Run a mile under 7 minutes
Hold a plank for 2 minutes
21. Reconnect with friends and family members.
Reconnect with friends and family members whom you didnt get to spend much time with during the school term.
At the very least, send them a text or email to show them that youre thinking of them.
22. Enjoy nature.
Go for a hike, have a picnic, fly a kite, or visit a nature reserve.
23. Improve your vocabulary.
Students success in school and life is linked to the size of their vocabulary, the research indicates.
Im sure you want to be successful, so use these three resources to improve your vocabulary:
Vocabulary.com
EnhanceMyVocabulary.com
MyCollegeSuccessStory.com
24. Improve your writing skills.
Writing skills are important for academic success, and theyre even more important for career success. So work on your writing skills this school holiday.
Read this excellent article on how to improve your writing. Next, read at least one of these books and put into practice what youve learned:
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
25. Declutter.
Give away books and notes you no longer need, and files you no longer use. In addition, clear your desk and get organized.
This way, youll set yourself up for a fruitful upcoming semester.
26. Develop healthy habits.

Nathaniel Emmons once said, Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.
These are possible habits to develop this school holiday:
Daily reflection
Reading for 15 minutes before bed
Keeping a gratitude journal
Getting on a regular sleep schedule
Drinking more water
27. Read articles on how to become a happy, successful student.
Read these articles (the last three are written by me):
The Unintended Consequence of an Overwhelmed Student
How to Stay Focused: Train Your Brain
How to Study Smart: 20 Scientific Ways to Learn Faster
8 Truths That Successful Students Understand
How I Became a Straight-A Student by Following These 7 Rules
28. Learn about your family history.
By doing this, youll discover interesting things about your family.
Not only that, research indicates that people who know their family history tend to have higher self-esteem too.
29. Learn time management skills.
Get started with these three resources:
Entrepreneur.com
TopUniversities.com
GoodLuckExams.com
30. Watch Khan Academy videos.
This school holiday, brush up on your math, science, and humanities by watching Khan Academy videos.
31. Increase your reading speed.
The faster you read, the faster you learn.
Improve your reading speed by checking out this resource and this resource.
32. Clear your email inbox.

Over the past semester, your email inbox has probably become flooded.
You may even have hundreds of emails that have yet to be processed or organized.
If this describes you, then read this fantastic article by Michael Hyatt and implement his tips.
33. Talk to as many adults as possible about career options.
Its never too early to start thinking about your future career.
Reach out to your relatives, family friends, teachers, and neighbors. Offer to buy them a cup of coffee, and ask them if theyd be willing to share their experiences and insights.
Set a goal for this school holiday of talking to at least one adult a week about career options.
34. Create a personal website.
Your chances of getting into that program youre applying for  or getting that job or internship  will be higher if you have a personal website.
Your chances will be even higher if your website looks as beautiful as this one, this one, or this one.
I recommend using the WordPress platform for your website; heres a complete website setup guide. And dont worry, you dont have to create your website from scratch. You can find over 30 free, professional-looking WordPress themes here.
35. Increase your typing speed.
In all likelihood, as you get older youll need to do more typing on your computer.
Explore these three websites to increase your typing speed:
Typing.com
TypeRacer.com
RapidTyping.com
36. Find a mentor.
A good mentor will help you become more self-aware, make better decisions, and find long-term success.
This Forbes article provides practical tips on finding a mentor. I also offer a 1-to-1 mentoring program to help students become happy and successful.
37. Write thank-you notes.

Many people say thank you via text message or email. But few people write actual thank-you notes. This school holiday, become one of those people.
Make a list of the people who have helped you in one way or another the past semester: friends, teachers, relatives, and family members.
Write each of those people a thank-you note. Then either mail the note to them or give it to them in person.

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