12 Steps to a More Productive Holiday Break

Many of us are getting ready for the holiday and a nice long winter break. The holidays are a wonderful time to catch up with friends and family (as well as catch up on some much-needed rest!). However, after the first few days of relaxation and overeating, you might find yourself a bit bored and looking for something to do. Instead of sitting around and letting the weeks go by, here are some tips to make your winter break more productive:

1.  Touch base with the “influencers” in your life.  Are there colleagues who have gone out of their way to show you the ropes? Instructors or classmates who are always there to lend advice? Take time this winter to connect with a hand-written note or through social media. You never know when these contacts might come in handy.  Make sure to keep the relationship reciprocal. Pass on information that you think they might find useful and keep the dialogue open. Many wonderful opportunities come from personal and professional contacts and networking.

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