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It’s a dream come true! Getting an extra day off in your week can seem like a miracle. 

But sometimes having that time off can get you in the habit of being lazy. If you’re lucky enough to have that coveted free day in college, there are things you can do to stay productive.

Here are a few tips from fellow college students on how to take advantage of weekdays without classes. 

Earn your weekend

Most of us have a tendency to let a day without class or work be a free for all. We treat it like an extra weekend day instead of making the most of it. 

Rather than doing that, consider it a little extra time to get your work done. Schedule a few hours to work on assignments or complete your reading. Finish a project or essay you know will take you a while.

This little bit of effort will save you from any last-minute headaches or all-nighters. Plus, you won’t’ have to worry about it again until it’s time to turn it in. 

Catch up on life 

Free up your weekend from those “must-dos” and run your errands on your extra day off. Here are some great things you can get done: 

  • Do your laundry
  • Go grocery shopping
  • Return/pick-up books from the library
  • Get your car washed
  • Take care of lingering business

We all hate when Sunday comes along, and it’s a day filled with all those responsibilities we put off until the weekend. Use your extra day to take care of those, so your weekend is entirely yours.

Get a work out in

It can be difficult to find days to work out in college. Between classes, assignments, and a social life, where do you fit it all in?

Promise yourself that you’ll hit the gym on your free day. The bonus of heading to the gym in the middle of the day is that it might be emptier than when you go after class. That means all the equipment and machines are yours for the taking!

Plus, you’ll fee good about lounging around the rest of the day if you get a little cardio in. 

Take advantage of office hours

If you need a little extra help in class, see if office hours are open on the day you have off. It’s a great time to ask questions or get more insight on projects from your professor. 

Having a full day free makes it much easier to take advantage of these opportunities. So, if you see that you can make it, go in!

Pick up some shifts

Sure, we all want that extra day off to do nothing but lounge and work on assignments. But if you have or want a job, picking up an extra shift on that day is more money in your pocket. 

If you’re lucky enough to not necessarily need the money in your pocket, consider putting it in a savings account to go towards your student loans. 

Working in college can either be a way to survive or a way to plan. If you have the opportunity to save for those loans, pick up that extra shift, and make the most of it. 

Don’t forget to relax

Taking advantage of an extra day off each week is a great idea. But it’s okay to relax, too. Use that spare time to get some sleep, go to a coffee shop, or take a long walk around campus. Whatever you do to relax and unwind, make sure to get a little bit of that in as well. 

After all, taking care of your well being is one of the most important things you can do for yourself in college. Staying motivated and on top of your responsibilities is great, but don’t forget to give yourself some time to breathe. 

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