No surprise here. Adult students are juggling a whole lot of responsibilities that most traditional students haven’t had to face yet. The holiday break can seem like a blissfully relaxing time to do nothing at all. But when you have a job and a family, it can be the only time you have to play catch up.
As you come to the end of this first semester, you’re probably trying to get ready to tackle the next. Luckily, the holiday break gives you plenty of time to take on some of the things you’ve had to put off.
If you’re already preparing your to-do list, here are a few ideas to add.
It’s almost tax season
While it might be too early to officially file your taxes, there’s no harm in getting prepared. Find and organize all your documents. Get in touch with your tax guy. Have everything ready to go when the time comes.
If you do the initial prep work before it comes time to file, you might find that it goes much smoother. And with a big lift like taxes out of the way, it’s one less thing for you to worry about when classes start up again.
Check-in on your spending
With your first semester behind you and the start of a new year, it’s a great time to budget check yourself. It’s one of those things we all hate doing, but it can hold us accountable for your spending.
Sit down and take a look at what you’ve been spending. Where can you cut back? What could you save money on?
With the added expense of continuing your education, any small savings is a big deal. Take what you save and funnel towards paying off your loans or class expenses faster.
Or if you have little ones in the house, take them on an adventure as a thank you for letting you study.
Whatever you decide to do, starting your budget and sticking to it will empower you to spend smarter. If finances stress you out, now is the time to get on top of it.
Do a little winter cleaning
Depending on how long you’ve been in school, getting around to chores can feel impossible. Use this time to tidy up your home, get rid of things you don’t need, and reset your living situation.
Cleaning is hardly ever something people get excited about. However, you’ll be surprised by how good you feel with all that clutter wiped away.
Get ahead on your classwork
If you’re lucky enough to know what you’ll be tackling next semester, get a head start. Even just starting your class reading or completing a few assignments can be a big help.
As an adult student, you never know what’s going to be thrown your way once the semester starts. Having a little extra time in case of emergencies can be a big help.
The most important thing on this list
What could you use more of after working your butt off for the past few months? Family time. Taking care of all your responsibilities is important, but spending time with your family is even more so.
These are the people that are helping you through this crazy time in your life. Whether it’s making you laugh at the dinner table or just knowing they’re missing you for a good reason — take time this holiday season to be with them.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a few great moments with the people that matter most. After all, a little rest and relaxation will have you coming back to class ready to take on anything.