When we have papers to write and exams to study for, we inevitably spend hours giggling on #whatshouldwecallme without writing a single word. And as much as everyone enjoys watching puppy videos and stalking their exes, you could do better.
So here are some more productive ways to procrastinate that will use just as much time, but bring in a little more reward for your effort. Good luck on finals y’all.
Watch TED talks: Ranging between 5 minutes and 20 minutes, these videos will inspire you and educate you. Perhaps you’ll get so excited about Ideas Worth Spreading that you’ll watch twenty more videos and effectively pass hours. Perhaps they’ll even give you sources and ideas for your paper.
Browse for jobs, volunteer opportunities, and internships: This is by far the best way of procrastinating. Explore career opportunities or summer internships, which is something we should all be doing all the time anyway. However, this can be a dangerous route to take if you’re already stressed about finals and get even more stressed from job searching.
Take the Myers-Briggs test: Learn some things about yourself and which career paths you should take through the Myers-Briggs test. The 72-question test is surprisingly and scarily accurate. All sorts of versions are available online and can take up a lot of time. And perhaps that will lead you down an endless path of personality quizzes.
Plan your next vacation: If you don’t have summer travel plans, make some. If you have summer travel plans, you lucky duck. Brush up on local history and traditions. Book your accommodations. Find cool restaurants and bars near by. Seek out sites that you want to visit. Wow your travel buddies with how much you know about your destination. We highly recommend Airbnb, which offers affordable vacation rentals that are nicer and more private than hostels. Plus, they have some kick-ass accommodations, like tree houses, teepees, and yachts. Also check out StudentUniverse for flight deals and tour packages for students.
Take educational quizzes: Every week, the Christian Science Monitor publishes quizzes that test your knowledge on the week’s news and events. There are also topic specific quizzes on sports, education, books, etc. Go ahead, see how much you know about everything and anything.
Calculate your slavery footprint: Slavery Footprint created a personalized interactive program that asks you about your daily routine and lifestyle preferences. It then calculates approximately how many slaves work for you, where they’re located, and what they produce. It’s an eye-opening, face-slapping activity that might inspire some lifestyle changes or social action.
Go for a run: Even a quick run will get your adrenaline pumping and clear your mind. Plus, we think that a running outdoors is the best way to explore your neighborhood and discover new places. You never know what awesome bars might be the next block over.
Shop online for your next birthday/holiday present: At some point, your birthday/Christmakwanzakah is going to roll around and people will be asking what you want, and you won’t know what to say. Avoid that entire game entirely and do some shopping now, bookmark that fancy dress, and add it to your list when the right time comes. Maybe it’ll even be on sale by then.
Read the Pulitzer Prize winners: Read this year’s prize-winning writing and show off how well-read you are. Makes for cool conversation starters too.