Budget friendly to-do list for the semester break

Catch up over common hobbies. (rawpixel.com pic)

It can be tough to decide how best to unwind after months of rigorous studying and school work. Here’s a list of things to do before going back to school.

1. Binge-watch Netflix

Watching shows and films is probably one of the few things that unites people; there are just so many genres.

From comedy to action, drama to science fiction, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Semester breaks are all about kicking back and relaxing.

So, binge-watch as many series as you want. But this isn’t just about entertainment. Shows and films can invoke emotions of all kinds, even some that we didn’t know we could feel.

Some of these shows tell stories that feel deeply personal and, hence, relatable. For this reason, they are a great source of inspiration.

Whether for motivation to get through another day or just for fun, watching shows is something you can always look forward to.

Plus, Netflix offers a free month of service. That should be ample time to finish the latest season of all your favourite shows.

2. Catch up with friends

The people you once spent five hours a day five days a week with, you now see only a couple of times a year. Monthly, if you’re lucky. You may see them regularly post updates on their social media, but it’s just not the same.

Growing up doesn’t mean growing apart. Spend some quality time with the people you’ve had to decline hang-outs with because you were too busy.

Plan for a day-trip outstation together and commit to it; really get back in touch with them. Reminisce the past if you want to or talk about what’s going on in your lives.

This is a sure-fire way of making up for lost time. Better yet, don’t wait for a huge social event to carve a space in your schedule for your friends.

Discuss and discover common goals and hobbies, then arrange to do them together. It could be a weekly Sunday morning jog or a film you both are looking forward to watching.

Finding time for friends is a simple pleasure you should treat yourself to as it will reward you substantially.

It’s no doubt that being with people you love and care about, and who love and care about you in return, will help ease your mind of your academic burden.

3. Volunteer

Everyone has the responsibility to make the world a better place, and happiness is a cycle where you give what you get.

Remember when you said you’d help out if you have the time? Well now you do, so don’t delay any longer.

If you’re unclear as to how or where you want to volunteer, the internet is your best friend. Or pay the local schools a visit, and offer to tutor students in whatever capacity possible.

It may be hard to make a decision because there seem to be so many activists going well out of their way for a dedicated cause. However, bear in mind that they, too, started small.

4. Set goals and get started for the next semester

This one’s a tad tedious, but it will definitely pay off.

Spend the last week of the break reflecting on the last semester. Figure out if there were any regrets or things that you should have done.

Then, plan for the next semester by deciding how to avoid having similar regrets. More studying, perhaps, or more co-curricular activities?

This is also the best time to start recording daily expenditure. It’s a useful habit to pick up as it will be easier to estimate budgets and practise frugality for savings.

By consistently keeping track of your financial situation, you may no longer have to deprive yourself of things that you really need.