The holiday season is almost around the corner as we gear up for another round of family time and celebrations. In the weeks leading up to the end-of-year holidays, most of our schedules are jam-packed with parties, shopping, and vacation trips. Then, after weeks of excitement and excesses, it all comes to an abrupt halt.

So, why not change your schedule a little this time around? Here are 10 amazing things you can try your hand at to keep yourself interested and productive during this holiday season.

1) Take a spontaneous trip

Nothing makes for memories like spontaneity. Go to an etc. All great, fun ideas. Go for a camping trip if you can. It’ll be great fun.

2) Create something

Music, film, art, origami, and even cooking; anything that you enjoy and can showcase your talents.

3) Learn a new martial art.

Learning a new martial art can take time but the holiday season is a great time to start. Not only will you have enough time to practice, rest and recover but it’s also a good way to keep yourself healthy during the holidays.
4) Spend quality time with family

This may not be on the top of your priorities, but once school starts you won’t get the chance even if you want to. Take a little time to connect with the family.

5) Volunteer

There is no greater feeling of accomplishment than helping out your fellow man. Spend a couple of hours a week doing some volunteering activity. You will feel good at the end of it.

6) Read a book

Another lost hobby in the midst of all these TV shows and video games. Find a good book; curl up in your bed with a cup of hot chocolate, and read.

7) Indulge in a DIY Project

Do-it-yourself projects are fun. You can choose from a ton of DIY project listings, go ahead and make something on your own. Plus, it’s an interesting way to learn about new concepts and ideas.

8) Get a new hobby

You can never have too many. Swim, play video games, play the guitar, make movies, make websites, design graphics, cook, write, sing, watch movies, hang out with friends, and do many more. I’m sure you can find something interesting and new to submerge yourself into.

9) Learn a new language

Every new language you learn gives you more perspective on life and is definitely marketable in the real world. Plus it’s fun!

10) Take up an Online Course/MOOCs

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are free courses that you can take up in any field out there. Most of these courses are certified and recognised by reputed universities. You can take up courses that are relevant to your field of interest or even take up an aptitude test to find out where your interests lie which will give you an idea of your strengths and potential. It’s also a good way to learn more and in a fun manner because the course materials usually contain illustrious videos and content, which makes learning fun. The best part is that you can take up the courses at your own leisure.

Holiday time is meant for de-stressing and relaxing. Staying productive for a few hours each day can benefit you in the long run. After all, you will find yourself in a pit of boredom if you just sit back and ‘relax’ all day. So why not make things a little more interesting this time around?