Finals season is coming… And you know what that means: you’re already behind on your work, you’re on the verge of about eight mental breakdowns, and you’re counting down the days until winter break. But even though we all love to complain about like, literally living in the Rock, much of that time is spent chatting with friends, lamenting about how behind you are on work, and procrastinating in a million other ways. In my opinion, procrastination is not only an unavoidable part of finals season, it’s a necessary one. Procrastination can be a healthy usage of time–so long as you do it right. Here are just a few of my favorite ways to procrastinate (somewhat) wisely during exam week.
1. Take a nap
One thing’s for sure: you’re not getting enough sleep this week. But you won’t be able to get any work done if even that fourth cup of coffee can’t keep you awake. Taking power naps is arguably the most “productive” procrastination technique.
2. Work out
Release some endorphins! Get strong enough to fight any professor who doesn’t give out extensions!
3. Eat a snack
Fact: calories don’t count during finals.
4. Have a movie night with friends
When your brain is overflowing with thoughts of Faulkner, 1’s and 0’s, and GDPs, sometimes you just need to take a break and watch Elf (probably with some hot chocolate in hand).
5. Do your laundry/ clean your room
If you can’t be productive, you may as well feel productive.
6. Make a dope study playlist
This counts as studying, right?
Dental hygiene is never a waste of time.
8. Take Buzzfeed quizzes
Because what’s more productive than discovering what kind of donut you are based on your taste in men?