So you’re out of school with nothing to do, huh? Why let time eat you alive when you could transform minutes into a master plan of accomplishment?
Here are a few things you could do with your “free” time this summer:
Why do they call it ‘free’?
Because ‘free’ are the only activities you’ll be able to afford if you don’t start making and saving money soon!
I’m not saying you have to “go out and find a job” (although you might be glad you did), but if you aren’t pressed to ‘clock in’ at your age, here’s some helpful ideas of how to convert your time into productive elements to better your future.
- Pick your 3 favorite (full course) meals and learn to cook them start to finish. Give yourself a goal to know how to make and serve that meal well to your closest friends by the end of the summer.
- Learn how to do your own oil changes. This skill could be invaluable! Find the auto guru on your block or ask a trusted dad or car repairman to show you the way. You’ll save money and time on your own (and maybe your friends) oil changes throughout your life.
- Go tour an apartment complex. Learn what apartment shopping is all about, how to find and pick the best ones, and what to check for in a lease. Grab an older friend who’s been there or leasing right now and get the skinny on their place. At the end of the day you’ll learn what it takes to move out on your own and you’ll be able to set better financial goals in place for the “one day on your own.”
- Check out a temp agency. If you’re in the early stages of your soon-to-be employment, swing by your local staffing agency for a free test to evaluate your skills. You’ll get a score that reveals how much you’re worth an hour. You could even sign up to get an hourly temp job for a day in the meantime. Exposure to a few different workplaces may give you a great idea about what life behind a desk looks like and may teach you to avoid it or work harder for that promotion. Either way, you might get a paycheck just for alphabetizing the secretary’s files!
- Purge your bedroom closet. I’m sure it’s time for an audit! Dig in and pull out everything you’ve forgotten about or haven’t seen in the last year or two. It’s gotta go! Make a pile ready for a Goodwill run when you’re done. Set aside a stash for that friend your size who would love some hand-me-overs, and give that closet the organizational face-lift it deserves.
- Browse free internships. If you can ‘afford’ to not work or get paid, there are still plenty of companies and organizations that will take you on (especially during college age years) and you can get some crazy good experiences and probably references too.
- Offer to house-sit or dog watch. Yes, these may not be the most useful spend of your time, but maybe there’s a family vacationing for the summer and would enjoy a responsible young adult living in their home. You may not get offered money, but you definitely will get the chance to enjoy a little freedom and learning to live on your own. You can find many house sitting websites; just google it, but do your research and be safe about it!
- Start a blog or youtube channel. You’re bright and talented, I’m sure you can come up with something to write, speak or share about. Just start with what you enjoy and what things make you happy. Then share them with the world! Think of it like your own little business startup and have fun! (For inspiration, google topics and ideas you like to research other blogs / channels people have made.)
- Make a fun, crazy random summer goal and accomplish it! Could be anything from “I’m going to visit somewhere new every weekend this summer” to “Hike every trail in my local state parks.” (Check out AllTrails.com) The idea is to set out to do something you wouldn’t have time for otherwise and cross it off your list. Great job!
- Print some of your best digital photos. That’s right, old school. Let’s be honest, every photo today gets lost in the digital archives of your cell phone or social media. Shoot some prints over to CVS and surprise a friend with a framed pic, scrapbook or memorable photo album. (They make for great gifts and home decor!)
Alright, well that’s a start. I offer these productive ideas as a supplement to your spend of time. Obviously, the most significant thing you can do with your time is get to know your Creator and learn who He made you to be. For some great daily online Bible study ideas, check out the YouVersion App. Certainly don’t neglect to spend ample time alone with your Father and consider the great works He planned in advance for you to do.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.