The Lazy Bum’s Guide to a Productive Use of Time: College Edition

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We’re half a week into the second month of 2017 and I am yet to find a cure for my procrastination urges and live that super-productive high-class life which was on my 2017 agenda list. If this resonates with you, dear friend, read on.

College life can be very deluding. It makes you think you are actually doing something constructive when the most you do is attend the 8:30 a.m. class. To help the people who are in denial and quicken the analysis, here is a list of things we do which don’t count as being productive:

  1. Sleep, or even lie in bed forever, hoping not to feel the urge to pee.
  2. Facebook, or pick arbitrary fights online
  3. Fix random Tinder dates
  4. Switch between the same 4 apps all day
  5. Netflix and chill (whatever chill means)
  6. The opposite sex
  7. The same sex
  8. Hangout with amigos
  9. Smoke or drink or both

To people who engage in more than half of these, dear humans, you have a kick-ass life, even if a tad messy. You have all my envy.

It is true, however, that this time of the semester is strangely lazy. It’s too early to start studying seriously because the assignment vipers aren’t even in sight yet but not enough to go slack. So what can a college student do in the enormous amounts of free time (s)he has?

Here is another list:

  • Learn a new language: Learning a new language is a great investment. It’s the best way, second only to travelling, to know about the places it is native to. Languages carry cultural and traditional inflections along with the popular beliefs. A great way to gain insight into a culture, learning a new language is a very enriching and wholesome experience. Also, if you have any plans to go abroad, knowing the native tongue would be a tremendous help.

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  • Pick up a new skill: Learn how to pick locks, or draw maps or repair bikes or code or whatever. Try new things, experiment, find out what thrills you, and know more about things that inspire you. It could be as simple as taking up origami; just work to make yourself extra-ordinary. Because, really, tell me how many people can do this:

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  • Give time to your hobby: Read, listen to music, sing, bake, sketch. Basically, do what gives you genuine pleasure. I promise I won’t judge if any of your hobbies are from the previous list; it’s all about striking the balance.

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  • Prepare for competitive exams: Plan what you need to do once you’re done with your graduation. You could start taking coaching for competitive exams while in college if you are decided about what path to walk on after.

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  • Workout: Even if it’s not the perfect washboard abs you are aiming for, working out is still essential. It’s embarrassing to be out of breath just climbing the metro stairs, isn’t it? Working out doesn’t have to be a painful process. Chose any aerobic activity which interests you, whether it’s dancing or biking or jumping rope or jogging or swimming, though you’d be stark mad to do that in this weather.

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  • Intern: You know there is a lot of difference between learning something through a course and actually performing it for a job. To bridge the gap, intern. Chose internships in various fields, discover what you do best and then learn to do it flawlessly. A terribly smart man once said, “if you’re good at something, never do it for free.” So be rich too.

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Whatever you do, make sure you make the most of your time. It’s a great feeling going to bed knowing it was a day well spent, isn’t it? Wish you a blessed and productive semester!

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