The Clog’s guide to productive procrastination

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Given that all of us have almost made it through a full semester at UC Berkeley, I’m sure everyone has experienced their fair share of procrastination. It affects even the most diligent students at some point. In case you’ve run out of ways to avoid studying this week, we at the Clog have compiled a list of things you can do to procrastinate and feel somewhat productive at the same time!

  1. Decorate your room, or living space, for the holidays.
  2. Cook a fun meal, or eat out with friends. You deserve it after all your hard work!
  3. Shop for holiday gifts.
  4. Make a yummy gingerbread house.
  5. Go to the gym. Exercise is proven to increase productivity!
  6. Make a friendship bracelet or try your hand at homemade crafts.
  7. Take a hike. There are plenty of great trails near campus!
  8. Do some painting or sketching.
  9. Deep clean and organize your room. 
  10. Do the laundry you’ve been putting off for weeks.
  11. Feed into your inner elementary school self and make paper snowflakes.
  12. Go ice skating at one of the holiday ice rinks in San Francisco.
  13. Take a dance break!
  14. Create an extensive to-do list. Colored pens will be your best friend!
  15. Pack your bags now for winter break and avoid having to rush around your room after that last final.
  16. Play a card or board game.
  17. Write down your holiday wish list.
  18. Play the piano. If you don’t know how, there’s no better time to learn!
  19. Create a four-year plan for your classes and life goals.
  20. Do some holiday baking. Cookies, anyone?

We all know that dead week is the prime time to study. If you can’t handle another second of staring blankly at your computer screen, however, take a quick break! This list will help you avoid that taxing pile of study guides while feeling like you’ve still accomplished something!

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