Having fun this summer even if you have a job

girl drying her hairHaving fun this summer is not an impossible thing to do, even if you have a job that may take up a lot of your time. If you use your free time wisely, having fun this summer won’t be any more difficult from the summers you have had in the past. After all, there are twenty-four hours in one day, so even if you work, there should be plenty of time available in one day to make time to have some fun.

Even if you have a job, having fun this summer won’t be too difficult if you make the most out of your days off. Since you would normally know your scheduled days off from work, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to schedule something fun for you and your friends to do on those days. This will not only give them something to look forward to, but it will give you something to be excited about as well. You could plan for a barbeque at your house, a night at the drive-in, a day shopping at the mall, an overnight camping trip, or whatever might sound fun for you and your friends.

In fact, if you have a job, it may actually make it so that having fun this summer is easier than ever before. The biggest reason is because you will have your own money. This means you will be able to do a lot of activities you may not have been able to do in the previous summers. You will have plenty of your own money to do fun summer activities like going to concerts, movies, shopping, dance clubs or anything else you and your friends enjoy doing.

What is even better is that you won’t have to hope your friends will have money too. You may actually treat a friend or two once in a while to a bite to eat, or some ice cream cones to help keep you cool in the hot sun. So even if you have a job, it will actually help expand the number of things you can do during the summer to have some fun in the sun. You won’t have to wait until the next time your parents give you money, or the next time your friends have money. Your job will help you to enjoy the summer activities that might normally be too costly.

Another great way to having fun this summer, even if you do have a job, is to try to make some new friends with some of the people that you work with. Think about it! Some of your coworkers will be working the same hours as you do during their summer as well. Why not try to become better acquainted with some of those people? You may end up hanging out with them after work (once you get to know them enough to trust them of course). And, it will be much easier to make plans around your work schedule with some of these new friends because they will have the same work schedule as you do. Who knows, you might meet someone who will make having fun this summer a lot easier than you thought, without letting your job get in the way.

Most importantly, do your best to always stay in touch with your friends during the summer to make sure you are clued in on what is going on when you are at work. This will help you find out if anyone is doing anything that you might be able to make it to when you aren’t working.

This goes back to what was mentioned earlier about making the best out of your spare time. Use it wisely by keeping in touch, and finding out what everyone is doing. This way, you can try to make it if your work schedule allows you to do so. And, it will help your friends to remember that you are working so they may keep that in mind when they try to make plans.

Having fun this summer will not be hard to accomplish even if you do have a job. Just do your best to stay in the social scene, whether it is with your current friends, or with some new friends. Remember, summer is almost here. So focus on getting out often, and have some fun.

Finding Balance

happy teen blowing bubblesTeens are among the busiest people in the world.  They have to balance school, work, extra-curricular activities, family, friends, and personal hobbies.  Things have gotten even crazier as many teens have both school friends and cyber friends.  They must maintain myspace, twitter, and facebook accounts also.  Here are a few tips for finding balance among the pull of the many different things pulling at a teenager’s time.

Prioritize

Prioritizing can be one of the most difficult things to do as a teenager.  Everything that a teenager does can sometimes seem like the most important thing in the world.  This is good.  It means that they are doing everything with passion.  At the same time, it can cause a teen to be burned out, frustrated, or simply bored.

A good way to figure out what activities are more important than others is to weigh them against each other.  When doing this, teens must look at past benefits, future benefits, and current benefits of each activity.  They must do the same for minuses.  Teens should also consider what they really enjoy doing as well.  For example, a teen that loves art but hates math might want to drop elective engineering courses, and focus on art courses.

Set Goals

One way to help stay focused on what is really important, teens should learn to set goals.  Setting goals can help develop self-discipline, which will come in handy no matter what the teen’s passions are.  When teens set goals, they should figure out specifically what is to be accomplished, establish a plan for accomplishing it, and setting a specific time by when it should be accomplished.

Here is an example:  If I wanted to learn to jump a five stair on a skateboard, then I would first specifically state that.  Then, I would establish a plan.  My plan would be a series of smaller goals.  First I would conquer a two stair, then a four stair, and finally the five stair.  I would figure out how much time each day I could dedicate to practicing.  Then I would place dates on each small goal, and a final date when I would land the five stair.  Then I would write it all down and put it somewhere where I could see it every day.

Take a deep breath

Often teens feel like that must do everything.  Take a deep breath, this isn’t true.  Teens do not have to everything everyone else is doing.  For example, something small would be to focus on one social network, instead of maintaining three or four accounts.  No one expects teens to play a sport, do student government, maintain a job, volunteer their time, get straight A’s and watch the full prime time television lineup all at the same time.  Weeding out a few activities through prioritization and goal setting is allowed.  In fact, it may even be healthy for teens to take kick back and relax.  Having time with no responsibilities will allow for rejuvenation, reflection, and self-development.

Teens are pulled in a million different directions.  Sometimes it may seem like they must do all of the million things to stay competitive in the future.  While it is important to be involved, this can be accomplished without having a nervous breakdown.  Teens just need to remember to prioritize, set specific goals, and take a deep breath.  High school is supposed to be fun, not stressful.