Dear Flyby, How Do I Get Work Done During Thanksgiving Break?

By Tina Chen

We know you’ve missed us. We’re back with our weekly, super credible, and professional advice column — Dear Flyby. This week, we all finally get a bit of a break. In an ideal world, we would all be full couch potatoes during these few days of freedom. However, some of us have no excuse but to finally tackle all the work we put off until Thanksgiving break. Here’s how we’re going to get it all done.

Q: How do I get work done during Thanksgiving break?

A: If you’re like us, maybe you left the entirety of your 25-page paper to write during Thanksgiving break because what’s more #thankful than stressing about school when you don’t even have classes? Or maybe, you have to catch up on three Canvas discussion posts that were due a month ago. Perhaps, you’ve got 10 lectures to watch for your midterm that’s right after the break. (Or was it 12? You’ve lost track of how many lectures you’ve skipped.) But without the pressure of having to get your attendance point from filling out the Poll Everywhere quiz or the Learning Catalytics questionnaire, what will get you out of bed?

Set an alarm (or 10) and get up early. Extra points if it’s the siren iPhone alarm sound that wakes up everyone around you as well. Rise and shine to the whole family! With the sun setting at 4 p.m., try to do the bulk of your work in the morning. If you’re a night owl, sleep until 4 p.m. and then work until midnight. Make sure to stock up on snacks (check out our fall Trader Joe’s snack roundup!) and if you’re not too busy watching lectures, play some Netflix in the background to make work time more relaxing. Unless you’re an iPad kid, in which case you should put on Subway Surfers. During your study breaks, fantasize about Thanksgiving dinner and sing along to Christmas carols to celebrate the fact that winter break is only a few weeks away (!!!). You got this, we believe in you!


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