Once the gift-giving holidays are over, everyone gets sort of stuck in a weird limbo before the New Year’s Eve festivities begin. Don’t let those precious free hours go to waste – use them to do things you’ve always wanted to do! Here’s a list of 6 productive things to do between Christmas and New Year’s.
1. Get Google Adwords certified
This is a huge resume booster. Companies use Google Adwords to advertise their site on Google. By using a careful science of keywords, sites aim to have their results show up as the top result of googling a certain word or phrase. You can become a certified expert in the techniques behind Google’s Adword system in just two days. This is a great thing to do, especially if you are pursuing a career in digital media.
2. Learn a new language or brush up on one you studied previously
Привет, DuoLingo! I’ve been brushing up on my Russian with the DuoLingo app, but there are lots of languages that are still not available through their program. I ended up finding a YouTube channel that teaches Yiddish, which is totally awesome. If you are looking to learn a language but don’t know where to find resources, shoot me a message and I’d be glad to help (I am obsessed with languages!).
3. Write a list for Listverse
Looking to make extra cash? If you have time on your hands, you can try your hand at earning money from Listverse. Listverse will pay you $100 for writing a list of 10 items. The catch? It has to be a list of things not previously covered by someone else on the site. If you have an original list idea, you can easily turn it into cold hard cash. Score!
4. Play some brain games
If you want to play games, you can sharpen your brain while doing so! Lumosity has some great games for your ol’ noggin. Alternatively, there’s Free Rice, which I mentioned in my charity post. On Free Rice, you can brush up on your vocabulary and donate rice to those in need. Being productive feels extra good when you’re giving back!
5. Try a new recipe
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Whipping up something time-consuming while school or work is going on is impractical, but the holiday break is the perfect opportunity to make that 10 layer cake or 5-course dinner. Break out your finest cookbooks and pull up those Pinterest pins you saved ages ago to pass the time making the meal of your dreams.
6. Read about a topic that you wish you had more foundation in
Do you ever think to yourself, “I wish I knew more about X!” The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a great time to fill the gaps in your knowledge and satisfy your curiosities.
How are you spending the days between holidays? Thinking of other productive things to do between Christmas and New Year’s? Are you doing anything fun, rewarding, or exciting? Feel free to share in the comments below.