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How to Stay Focused During the Holidays

16 November 2015 By Emily Hohf



Focusing on school when the holidays are approaching is challenging! There are events, gatherings, to-do lists, and distractions to manage all while trying to succeed in your studies. It is important not to fall behind or get overwhelmed with assignments during the holiday season. We have the tips you need to stay focused on your school work over the holidays while still being able to enjoy time with family and friends.


What are your big projects? What assignments can you get done early? How much time will different assignments take? Think about the assignments that will be due during or after the holidays. Prioritize them by size and importance. To ensure that you get each assignment done, write a to-do list and due date for each assignment and complete it on or before that day.

Don’t Procrastinate

To stay focused and still enjoy your time over the holidays, avoid procrastinating. When you make a schedule for something be sure to stick to it! Putting off projects causes more anxiety in the long run since you’ll just be thinking about them rather than fully enjoying your holiday with friends and family. Completing them early over the holiday season will allow you to be able to relax and appreciate the time with family and friends.

Long-term Goals

Avoid getting off track by remembering your long term goals. There are a lot of fun things happening around the holidays that can be very distracting. It is a challenge to avoid these distractions because you don’t want to miss out on activities with friends and family. That’s why it is so important to remember why you are taking classes in the first place and stay motivated.

Stay Organized

If you are doing a lot of traveling over the holidays, remember to stay organized! Make sure you are bringing all of the materials and textbooks that you need when you are traveling. It is easy to miss something if you are packing at the last minute so try to keep an organized space for your studying and keep tabs on necessities such as textbooks and class handouts.

Take Time for Yourself

Take some time for yourself so you can study in private. Studying in private will allow you the opportunity to complete your assignments. You’ll avoid procrastination because you’ll be less distracted by people around you. This can be difficult when balancing family and friends. Plan ahead and ask them for help if you need to.


Don’t forget to relax and not worry about your classes when you are spending time with your loved ones. Enjoy cooking dinner with the family. Catch up with old friends and distant relatives. Keep up with your studies so that you do not feel overwhelmed or stressed by school work when you are with your family and friends.

Pioneer Pacific College wants you to enjoy your holiday season! We hope you can implement some of these tips to have happy holidays and memorable moments with family and friends.





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