how do i be productive after exams?

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so i finished my a levels a few days ago and so far have spent everyday in my room scrolling through my phone. this is not how i wanna go on because i know myself and ik can easily keep this up for months and do nothing. wondering what kind of things to do now that i have free time and no goals? i have an entire gap year lol. i’m also applying to jobs but ik it will take ages. and waiting for my passport so i can travel. any ideas
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Set some achievable and enjoyable goals that won’t stress you out too much and you can do alongside a job once you find one. Say you want to read x amount of books a month, or learn to cook a new recipe every week, or start exercising for x amount of minutes every day. Or try to work towards knowing at least 10 recipes that require cooking, or that you want to be competent at lifting this amount of kg, or that you can run for this amount of minutes without tiring, or that you want to learn this instrument/skill to this level. I took a gap year from March 2020 to September 2021 through covid and I did get a job in October 2021 but it was evenings only and because it was waitressing I was on furlough a lot, and I just engaged with my hobby of horses again and helped at a local stables a few days every week to keep me busy and I got to ride for free in return. I also did try exercising for like 2 months and I did achieve a fair bit but it wasn’t really for me, I don’t really like moving unless it involves an animal, but that also means I dog walked a lot to keep my dog fit too.
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Set some achievable and enjoyable goals that won’t stress you out too much and you can do alongside a job once you find one. Say you want to read x amount of books a month, or learn to cook a new recipe every week, or start exercising for x amount of minutes every day. Or try to work towards knowing at least 10 recipes that require cooking, or that you want to be competent at lifting this amount of kg, or that you can run for this amount of minutes without tiring, or that you want to learn this instrument/skill to this level. I took a gap year from March 2020 to September 2021 through covid and I did get a job in October 2021 but it was evenings only and because it was waitressing I was on furlough a lot, and I just engaged with my hobby of horses again and helped at a local stables a few days every week to keep me busy and I got to ride for free in return. I also did try exercising for like 2 months and I did achieve a fair bit but it wasn’t really for me, I don’t really like moving unless it involves an animal, but that also means I dog walked a lot to keep my dog fit too.
thanks! i think i just need to create some goals for myself
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so i finished my a levels a few days ago and so far have spent everyday in my room scrolling through my phone. this is not how i wanna go on because i know myself and ik can easily keep this up for months and do nothing. wondering what kind of things to do now that i have free time and no goals? i have an entire gap year lol. i’m also applying to jobs but ik it will take ages. and waiting for my passport so i can travel. any ideas
Hi there,

My name is El and firstly, congrats on finishing your A levels! You deserve to have a bit of time off so don't feel bad for needing to recover and power back up! It's the first time in a while you're free from education.

I would suggest now though, if you want to consider on moving to the next thing during your gap year, I would suggest looking at volunteering somewhere to fill up some of your free time and also learn some skills- volunteering is great because you get to choose when you work! So if you only want to do it for a day, you can.
You could also look at apprenticeships, they're really good on helping you get into employment as more workplaces ask for work experience rather than qualifications. Even maybe look at placements at companies!

You could also look at foundation courses to see if there is anything you want to specialise in and see if you want to go further with it by doing University. These can tend to help with narrowing down subject choices but also exploring many other subjects before making that ultimate choice.

I hope this helps, good luck and enjoy travelling when you get your passport!
El
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