How to have a productive and
By Holly Adams
May 1, 2006 | Having a productive summer can mean any
number of things. Everything from getting in shape or
getting a tan to saving money or getting organized can
make any summer beneficial.
The first thing to do when trying to avoid a summer
full of lazy days or going to the barbeque at great
aunt Bertha‚s house is to set goals.
According to www.psywww.com,
setting goals can allow a person to choose where they
want to go in life (or summer).
"By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you
know what you have to concentrate on and improve, and
what is merely a distraction," the Web site said.
Most people are already set with their summer jobs or
internships by April, so the goal now is to look at
what can make the summer better and find a way to follow
through with it.
A few goals to start with are: exercise, get organized,
make and save money and go outdoors.
According to sportsmedicine.about.com,
getting back into exercising after that long winter
break can be tough. Take it slow and steady.
"Don't succumb to the weekend warrior syndrome," the
Getting some exercise three to four times a week on
alternate days is the best. Working hard all weekend
and doing nothing the rest of the week is one of the
best ways to get injured.
Following a training program and keeping records can
help to stay on track and stick with it, the Web site
The site also says to train with people at the same
fitness level. Others who have the same goals and who
are at the same level can help with improvement and
can motivate the person to continue exercising.
Most college students will soon be moving out of an
apartment they have been occupying for the last 9 to
ten months. This is an excellent opportunity to get
Karla Jones, a professional organizer who answers questions
on her Web site.
Jones said it's a good idea to gather every article
of clothing that no longer fits and donate them to charity.
"You will feel more in control - reducing the stress
that unchecked clutter in your home produces," she said.
There are many benefits to getting organized. Having
more room is one of those, and all college students
can use more space. Jones said more room can be found
just by reorganizing ˆ even if nothing is thrown away.
Another benefit that college students will enjoy is
saving money. Jones said people can save money by being
organized because they don't have to buy a second of
something because they can't find where the first one
Make and Save Money:
The first step in making and saving money is finding
a job. By April, most students have secured a job for
the summer, but those who haven't can start by checking
the Utah State University job board for something that
appeals to them.
The second step is to save the small wages. Going out
to eat or buying that new pair of pants isn't always
what has to be sacrificed either. Money can be saved
in several ways that any college student will appreciate.
First, finding an affordable place to live is a good
way to save money. In the summer rent is often cheaper.
Look around and find the best deal. According to www.ftc.gov,
finding a place to rent should not be limited to classified
ads or referrals. Look around for a place then go contact
the manager to find out about availability and pricing.
Also remember that signing a lease means you have to
live there and pay the monthly payment for the term
of the agreement, according to the Web site.
Second, save money when grocery shopping. Shopping at
lower-priced grocery stores can save hundred of dollars
a year, according to www.ftc.gov. Shopping with a list
and comparing price-per-ounce can also save money when
Third, many college students get caught in credit card
debt. Paying off the whole bill each month or using
a different form of payment can save thousands of dollars
in interest charges each year, according to FTC.
Paying off a large balance can be difficult, FTC suggests
paying off as much as possible each month and then switching
to a credit card with a low annual percentage rate.
Fourth, comparing prices at the gas pump and using the
lowest-octane can save hundreds of dollars each year,
according to FTC. They also suggest keeping the engine
tuned and the tires inflated to their proper pressure.
Summer is a good time to go outdoors and try new things.
For USU students who want to participate in outdoor
activities, but don't have the money to buy the equipment,
the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) is a great resource.
The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) isn't used anywhere
near its capacity, according to Jake Collett, a senior
in parks and recreation and a rental shop employee.
"It is high quality, affordable equipment that [students]
should be using," Collett said. "People just don't know
There is a lot of information available at the ORC.
Paul Bowman, who is in charge of rentals at the ORC,
said they have guidebooks to the Cache Valley area and
there are several other resources there as well.
There is a large selection of equipment to rent and
Bowman said they are getting more things in. For any
adventure, the center has the equipment needed and at
an affordable price, he said.
John Louviere, program administrator at the ORC said
they are providing "a common adventure trip resource."
He said if anyone is interested in going on a trip this
summer, he will provide all of the expertise to plan
it, and he will work with Bowman to get the equipment
needed. Also he will facilitate to find other people
to go with.
Bowman gave a few common sense outdoor safety tips to
be safe this summer. Wearing sunscreen, a life jacket
and leaving a shirt and hat on are some of them. Also,
Bowman said people going out on adventures should let
someone know where they are going and when they will
All prices on rentals depend on the amount of time the
item is gone. For information about the ORC, rentals
or how to get help planning an outdoor adventure, call
797-3264 or visit their Web