Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Fine Art of Procrastination

I'm a middling quantity procrastinator. An amaturcrastinator, as they say. But I think I have some useful quality procrastination tips.

Let us begin:

1. Don't procrastinate between something you love and something you hate. Either you can grade papers or you can work on your paper. Not grade papers or eat ice cream, because you know which one will win out.

2. If you must procrastinate with something you love, make it something kind of gross, and do it to excess. After 4 hours of reading People magazine, you'll be disgusted enough with yourself that writing a paper seems like a good change of pace.

3. Procrastination can be a fine creative method. Procrastinating by writing stories, drawing, etc. can inspire some of your best work. Your mind slips around looking for anything to keep you from filling out that application and sometimes it finds pure gold to distract you.

4.Two can procrastinate better than one. Visit someone who should be doing better things and you can distract each other. And if you think you might be ready to get back to work, they can hold you back and vice versa. And because you're helping each other procrastinate, working on building your relationship seems very, very important. (Note: this is especially useful if you are related to the person you're procrastinating with--then you can feel smug about "family time.")

5. Procrastinate with vigor. Don't dink around procrastination with 2 minutes here and 5 minutes there--no, take hours, the entire morning, this week. Then you'll feel like you did something (watched 3 seasons of Supernatural) instead of just drowning under a pile of quick Facebook checks and snack-preparing.

I hope these help you as much as they have helped me, especially in this busy Procrastinating Season. Happy Finals!

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