Procrastination: a student’s best friend and worst enemy. No matter what you are working on, it always seems as though procrastination finds its way onto your daily agenda. One second you are responsibly working on your paper and the next you are mesmerized by Buzzfeed Tasty food videos. We don’t know how it happens but it does.

Sometimes you just have to hit the reset switch and you might as well be productive with the time. After all, according to a University Of Illinois study, brief diversions improve focus!

Here are some ideas for the next time you can’t possibly write another word or study another slide.

  1. Write and confirm your schedule

This is always my first go-to procrastination activity because it always feels the closest to doing your actual work. Plan out your week, write out the things you have to do today, make sure your monthly schedule is balanced. That should keep you busy for at least a little bit.

  1. Update your LinkedIn or resume

Again, a very important task for a procrastinator. Make sure your resume is up to date (and your LinkedIn too for that matter), so you’re ready – and look incredibly professional and impressive – for when that perfect job offer comes up.

  1. Get some exercise

Go for a walk! Go for a run! Stretch out that back! Go for a bike ride! Move that body!!

  1. Calculate your average

Always useful to know what you need to get on that paper or exam to meet your academic expectations of yourself…whether that may be a passing grade or an A+.

  1. Take a short catnap

Sleep is important for any student – if you can spare 30 minutes, take a nap and thank me later.

  1. Run your errands

That shampoo that is almost empty? That growing shopping list in the kitchen? Out of your favourite pens? Now is the time to get out of the house and get them.

  1. Give your brain a break (kinda)

For when you can’t read another word or write another sentence, try out these brain quizzes to exercise a different part of that noggin: The Impossible Quiz and The IQ Test.

  1. Listen to that album your friend told you to listen to

Now the next time they ask you what you thought you don’t have to embarrassingly admit you still haven’t listened to it.

  1. Clean out your closet

You and I both know that there are lots of clothes you haven’t even touched in a year, never mind thought about. Do a good deed and feel good about yourself; donate the clothes that you don’t need anymore.

  1. Do a harmless job search

It can’t hurt to know what’s out there, even if you have a job already!

By Bianca Chan