The end of semester can be a stressful time. Between assignments, final exams, and thinking up excuses to get extensions on your deadlines, it’s easy to lose your sanity. But if we’re being honest, most of our time is spent… well, wasting time. Some call it procrastination. Others, wiser than the aforementioned some, realise that it is a very necessary process. Actors do vocal exercises, students binge watch shows. If you’re currently in the throes of end-of-term craziness, your process might look a lot like this one:
Raid the fridge.
It’s been a whole hour since you had lunch, surely you can’t be expected to concentrate on an empty stomach? Help yourself to every morsel of chocolate and chocolate based goods in your pantry and fridge because… y’know, sugar is good for energy and all that.
Get to work… with your tweezer.
Catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and… OH GOD, NO is that a black hair right in the middle of your chin?! Spend an hour tweezing every little awkwardly placed hair, imaginary and otherwise, from your face. You can’t very well show up to your exam with a uni-brow.
Make your sixth cup of coffee.
Because everybody knows coffee is the nectar of gods.
You’re totally tweaked from all that coffee and ready to be super productive! Armed with a duster, disinfectant spray and plastic gloves, you use all that energy to clean up your room, your mum’s bathroom, the lounge and every cupboard in the house.
Spend quality time with your best-friend. Namely, your bed.
Spend half an hour fighting off the anxiety of all that work you’re not doing. Then another half hour trying to work out how much work you can get done if you start in exactly eleventeen minutes.
One word: Internet.
Ok, so you’ve finally sat down to study. Your laptop is open, your books are open, the stage is set. But wait… how about one little glimpse at your Facebook newsfeed? One thing leads to another and before you know it, you’re reading the riveting account of an old man in New Orleans who heroically fought an alligator with a spoon.
Explore your culinary talent
Your journey through the complex back roads and highways of the internet brings you to a charming little baking website and you’re struck with a sudden urge to explore your culinary creativeness. Spend the next three hours baking Nutella brownies, only to realize that this whole endeavour had more to do with having an excuse to eat more Nutella rather than creative expression.
EEEEK! The sun is setting and you’ve read exactly two thirds of a page from your textbook so far. Send out thirty texts to friends and class fellows for updates on their progress. Take solace that twenty-nine replies confess that halaat are similar to yours. Convince yourself that the one girl who’s finished the syllabus eight times is probably lying anyway.
Take a much deserved break
Everyone knows taking breaks is as important as actual studying. Reward yourself with four episodes of Girls.
The day is nearly over, what’s the point of starting now? Tomorrow brings the promise of a new day. Plus, you still have four days, seven hours and eighteen minutes left till exam day.