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A procrastinator’s guide to finals

As we approach finals week with anticipation and a heavy side of sleep deprivation, people tend to spitball the best ways to study, manage your time and de-stress. That all sounds great, but what if you don’t really want to do any of those things? What if you’re looking for some good old-fashioned procrastination to get your mind off of things while still feeling somewhat productive? If that sounds like something you can get behind, you’re in for a treat. Here are some of our favorite ways to shirk our responsibilities and not feel guilty.

Learn Something More Interesting

There’s a wide world of knowledge out there, and you’re stuck memorizing a presentation? Don’t think so. Now is the time to get your first tarot deck, test your hand at embroidery, deep dive into your favorite artist’s discography or try to figure out what exactly is going on with 100 gecs.

Holiday Prep

Sure, you won’t be in your dorm for the majority of December, but that in no way should hinder your holiday spirit. Decorate your room! Make plans with your friends back home! Spend hours searching for the perfect gift! Finals are temporary, but lasting, joyful holiday memories are forever.

Use Your Laptop Like a Child

We know this is the one time every year that you remember Coolmath Games exists. Go to her. She missed you.


Did you see a speck of dust on your microwave? Time to wipe down everything you own. Left the laundry room with a lonely sock? One closet purge, please. HOW could you be expected to work in any environment not entirely conducive to brilliant ideas?


There is no hunger quite like the bored, sedentary, “I’ve been staring at a blank screen for hours and nothing is happening” hunger. And let’s face it, that hunger is usually for something less than healthy. But you can skip the preservatives by making it yourself! This kills two birds with one stone by providing you the carbs you crave with a convenient excuse to step away from your laptop for an hour.

Stream Without Limits

We know you know SOMEONE with a Disney+ account you could take advantage of. Roommates, parents, extended family, coworkers at your high school job — SOMEONE. The thrill of the investigation will make it that much more satisfying to watch Lizzie McGuire for six straight hours.

Shop Online

Arguably the most dangerous option on this list, it’s all about risk and reward. Should you buy that deeply discounted puffer jacket or should you get groceries this week? The power rests with you.

Sleep at the Worst Possible Times

Sometimes this is an accident, and that’s okay. You’re just listening to your body. It’s fine.

List Things

A to-do list, recipes you want to try, ranking your favorite ice cream flavors — you name it and you’ve got a list for it. Around this time of year the Notes app will be stuffed with anything and everything you can think of as long as it doesn’t have to do with school. For example: ways to procrastinate.

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