Working at home over the holidays

You might still have deadlines due in the New Year, meaning you'll have to hit the books over the winter break - check out our tips for working at home over the holidays!

  • Posted Thu, Dec 15, 2022 4:24 PM

With the winter break fast approaching - so are those deadlines. And that means actually doing work. 

You might be heading out of Portsmouth during that time and although it initially may seem nice; back to your bedroom, home cooked dinners, surrounded by loved ones… it might be quite distracting to get work done. The temptation to binge watch Christmas TV or overindulge and put it off until tomorrow.

If you do fall into this trap, you’ll find that it’ll be days before your hand in and you’ll be panicking that you haven’t been as productive as you could have.

Not to worry! Here’s our top tips for home studying!

Put time aside:

Booking out some time in your diary for when you’re going to work can be really helpful, and letting others know that's what you’re doing so they can let you crack on with work without distracting you (no matter how tempting the Wallace and Gromit rerun is).


If you can’t resist the annual tradition of The Wrong Trousers, work towards it. If there is something you really want to do, start in the morning and break to take part. Or, decide you can only sit down to watch it if you’ve finished the reading next chapter. Reward yourself for the work you’ve done! 

Break it down:

If you have a few thousand word essays to write, break it down instead. It can be overwhelming to think ‘I have to write 3000 words by the end of the week!’ Instead think ‘I have to write 500 words today’ for five days. When you break it down into smaller chunks, it can feel much more manageable.

Find a place to work:

However much you’ve convinced yourself you can write an essay in bed - you can’t. Get to a place where you can actually work, like the kitchen table, or somewhere quiet. Be in an environment where you can actually get some work done.


No, not rolls of dice, or little figures, Do Not Disturb! Turn off your phone, ask people not to bother you and get on with it!

Take time off:

I mean, it is the holidays, and you need to recharge before the New Year. So do take some time off, some time to see family and loved ones, and some time for you - you deserve it!

Staying put:

If you are staying in Portsmouth over the break - you don't have to spend it alone. Check out the University open times for different locations and check out the Res Life time table for lots of events for you to get involved with!

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