The best ways to avoid actually reading on reading week

Rejoice! Just as midterms approach we have been gifted a week with no class. While we’d never suggest you abandon your academic responsibilities completely, here is of incredibly pressing things you probably need to do first.

1. Get out of the Ryerson bubble.

Yonge and Dundas may very well be one of the least enjoyable neighborhoods in Toronto. While a centrally-located campus does have its advantages, it’s important to get out once in a while. Walk along the boardwalk at the beach while it’s still relatively warm, get your Yuppie on at the Evergreen Brickworks, take the ferry out and legally stand naked in public on Hanlan’s Point Beach. Whatever you like, but please just make sure you get at least a kilometer or two away from Toronto’s “answer to Times Square.”

2. Productively procrastinate.

Is that dust on the windowsill? There’s no real food in the fridge. When’s the last time I scrubbed the bathtub? I haven’t called my mom this week. That laundry isn’t going to do itself… Etc.

The art of productive procrastination can be performed in two simple steps. 1)Take a look around your living space and pinpoint the things you’ve been meaning to do for weeks. 2)Think about the effort it will take to finish the 3 chapters of assigned reading for that geography elective you convinced yourself would be easy. We promise, cleaning your dishes will suddenly seem pressing.

3. Do something for free.

Toronto’s cost of living may be high, but t here are a surprising amount of free things to do in the city: from hiking the Don Valley and taking in the fall colors , to gushing over animals at the High Park zoo and Riverdale Farm, to exploring the ROM gratis on Tuesdays (bring your student card). No more excuses. A small budget is no reason to stay inside and finish your papers.

4. Play.

When’s the last time you played a game (that didn’t involve ping pong balls and Dixie cups)? While we seriously cut down on most forms of play around the same time that we stop having recess, studies repeatedly show that play in adults can relieve stress and improve mood, productivity, even job satisfaction. So why so serious? If you don’t have games at home, visit Last Temptation in Kensington Market (free foozeball!), or the Annex café Snakes and Lattes (600 Bloor St W), where for five dollars you get access to over 2,200 board games. Both locations are fully licensed. Just saying.

5. Get a hobby.

Hobbies bring people together. They relax the body and soul. They foster confidence by enabling participants to hone –obviously incredibly important –skills. A recent Ask Men article even went so far as to assert that some hobbies – like wood working, watches and adventures sports could improve your status. No need to choose a boring hobby, mind you. Faking one’s own death, appearing in the background on TV, fork bending and crayon carving are all worthwhile, and well-documented pastimes . Personally, we here at Folio are partial to “extreme ironing” (literally ironing clothes in extreme outdoor locations – it gets a bonus point for incorporating the concept of productive procrastination ) and that thing where you build ships in bottles.