We all love holidays because of the gift it brings; free time. However, the sudden abundance of free time in contrast to the busy work days you are used to sometimes leave you at a loss of what to do. If there is no concrete, thought out plan on how to spend your holiday, you might end up being bored and fail to utilize your time.
How do you maximize your holiday? Here are a few guidelines on how to optimize your time to avoid getting bored at the long run.
Try Something New: One of the most common exclamations after holiday breaks is “I didn’t do much, Time went by so fast!” There might be a solution to that. Neuroscientist David Eagleman, a professor at Stanford University and the author of ‘The Brain: The Story of You,’ discovered that the key to having a holiday that seems to stretch out with so much time is to seek out newness — new settings, new activities, meet new people, visit new place, re-brand and and return refreshed without needing a holiday from your holiday.
When you try out novel experiences, time will seem to last longer because you’re more focused on collecting the unfamiliar information into a memory. A weekend getaway, for example, will seem much longer than one spent at home. A weekend spent at home, if you spend it doing a new creative challenge or cooking something new, will seem longer than one where you hole up in your apartment watching a TV show.
Spend time with loved ones: Time is one of the best gifts we can give to the people in our lives and the holidays are a great opportunity to spend quality time with family members and friends you haven’t seen for a long time, or don’t get to spend enough time with during work hours. For instance, you might want to visit your parents and have a quality talk with them, you might want to cook and eat together with your children and partner. You might also choose to volunteer and help out at an orphanage, surely they are also loved ones. If your loved ones are faraway, delegate some time to call and have a quality conversation.
End with a splash: The human brain gives larger consideration to things that happened last in a series. This is known as the “recency effect” in psychology, and for holidays it means the end of a vacation is more easily remembered than the beginning. You can consciously use this recency bias to end vacations with a bang. If you’re only going to “go all the way” once, splurge on the business class seat on the way home, not the way there. Save your big dinner at your favorite restaurant for your final night, not your first. Whatever you do, make sure your last holiday act is the most you’ve done during your break.
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