It’s winter break now for most of you: as for me I have one more final left where I have to answer short answer questions on if America is awesome (yes) and if democracy is rad (duh) so I’m not too worried. In my mind’s eye, I’m already at home sleeping in a snuggie.

Winter break sounds great now; after all, this is the pretty end, where your break is well earned, Christmas is coming (and half-priced Christmas candy to follow) as well as New Years Eve, all of which is preceded by the Mayan Apocalypse.

Yes, everything looks nice and dandy; for now. Like a Snowman turned to slush, however, Winter break has a marked proficiency for dragging on too long. You miss your friends, your parties and even, (gulp) feeling productive. After a while, sleeping twelve hours a day in your childhood home starts to feel more “unemployed” than “break.”

So, follow these easy tips to make your Winter Break better.

1. Set Up a Google Doc

You’re going to need stuff to do. Fact. Get your key friends on a Google Doc or whatever group planning activity and have them all list ideas for cool things to do (a road-trip, a drinking-game, sledding adventures, starting an indie band just to seduce Taylor Swift) and then listing separately all the things you have that could help any sort of Winter adventure (A car, a 21+ I.D., two sleds, the sort of musical talent and sweet smile bound to make Taylor Swift fall for you, as you’re the good-guy of the band) and then put them together to figure out what you can do.

2. Understand The Environment

It’s cold outside.

Very simple, but it changes everything. Going outside is much less fun. Your activities are going to be a lot more focused on staying in more than you think. Bar-crawls are going to be difficult; watching Netflix and drinking pumpkin beer is going to be much, much easier. Try working with the cold to create events when and where you can: a Twilight Zone drinking game can be a really good time when everyone is tired and freezing while going out to the bars is going to be a lot less fun in the slush, even if

3. Understand The Environment 2: The Zombie Apocalypse

It’s a zombie apocalypse out their, except instead of zombies it’s snow and limited social options. Also zombies, if you live in Western Mass.

Much like in a zombie apocalypse, you’ll be spending most of your time barricaded  in your home, concerned only with food and naps. Similarly, you will be hanging out exclusively with a band of misfits, the stragglers who aren’t abroad, aren’t working, didn’t move, aren’t the worst, and still want to hang out. That’s right, your high-school friends.

Make the best of it. Talking about all the cool stuff and hot girls you left back at your college is as useful as bringing a broken Xbox to the Amish: they can’t help, you sound like a jerk, and they kind of think you’re lying.

Instead do what you say you’d do during a zombie apocalypse: make the best of it, become a leader, forage for food (cool stuff) and survivors (new cool people) and take over the barren wasteland (suburb) you’ve found yourself in.

4. Do Something

You need to do something.

You can’t just relax and unwind all break. Be honest; you aren’t that tightly wound. You need to do something during this time to give you structure and purpose. Do stand-up, write a book, get a job, learn to cook, learn to drive, go on a trip, fight an elk, go hunting, go swimming, just go. That way when people ask you what you did over break you have something to say and drinking on a Tuesday night can be a reward for a day well spent instead of just being sad.