The Power of Productive Procrastination
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The Power of Productive Procrastination

How to "do it tomorrow" the right way.

SO, I have a business law test tomorrow, and naturally, I'm doing everything but study for it, so I'm going to help you out here with something I like to call "Productive Procrastination".

Derived from Latin (pro, meaning "forward" and crastinus meaning "of tomorrow") procrastinating is postponing something and deciding to do less urgent and pleasurable tasks instead. (Example: Me writing this article instead of learning about Tort Laws).

So is "Productive Procrastination" an oxymoron? Essentially, you're putting off doing something that really needs to be done by doing something else instead, which also needs to be done. Basically stuff is getting done that otherwise wouldn't have been completed for days!

Another perk of productively procrastinating is that anxiety and stress caused by delaying tasks can be more motivational. Let's be honest, at some point in time, or for some of us on a daily occurrence, we have the internal debate of: "Do I have to do this RIGHT now, or can it be put off until later?

For example, if one has a paper due a week from now, it would be hard to find motivation to start when other enjoyable things are going on, like the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show or finding fun cooking recipes on Facebook. The longer the delay, the less motivated you will feel, BUT on the flipside, the closer you are to realizing the goal, the harder you will work! Ya feel?

Another huge factor that comes into procrastinating is value. Determining how rewarding the outcome is will determine how motivated you will be to complete whatever it is that you're putting off.

As humans, we would rather have immediate satisfaction than enduring tasks. Go to the gym or watch Netflix? Make dinner or order pizza? In the moment, short-term temptations sound more attractive than long-term goals. Sometimes just thinking about how much work I have ahead of me is enough to turn me off.

Often times procrastination is synonymous with lazy, but completing small activities can help you get motivated to take on bigger tasks. Steer away from the silly games, watching TV or and try out some of these ideas on how to Productively Procrastinate:

1. Clean.
Clean something, anything, it can be something mundane like cleaning the hair out of your brush, wiping off your laptop screen, dusting your guest bedroom, vacuuming. If you can't think of something, try this.

2. Clean our your inbox.
It's yours, mine, and I bet everyone else's problem, having the little red circle above your email app icon saying you have 1,000+ emails. Clean it up.

3. Make food.
Prepare yourself a meal that you can look forward to while you complete the assignment you're trying to avoid.

4. Watch a TED talk.
Get inspired, learn something new.

5. Search for exciting job opportunities/internships.
Goals honey, have goals. "Don't let your dreams be dreams" - Shia LaBeouf.

6. Make a to-do list.
For you know... when you're done procrastinating.

7. Rearrange your room.
Switch up the furniture, color organize your closet, wrap lights around your bed frame.

8. Do the laundry.
And while you're throwing clothes in the wash, be sure to get your clothes that have been sitting in the dryer for the past week and put those away too. Double whammy!

9. Catch up with family.
Grandma loves that mid afternoon call interrupting her marathon of Family Feud. Check in and ask her about her daily Sudoku.

10. Rewrite your notes.
You don't have to be a perfectionist, but why not rewrite your finance notes instead of diving deep into doing a 30 question assignment calculating the return on bonds.

11. Pay bills.
Because honestly, we're never done owing money for something.

12. Unsubscribe.
That unpleasant conversation you have at the register where you have to give them your email before purchasing. You don't need all those discounts cluttering your inbox.

There ya have it. Now, go back to doing what you should be doing.

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5 Thoughts You Have When You Finish a Netflix Series

"Never a right time to say goodbye."

We're all guilty of spending hours and hours binge watching our fav Netflix show instead of doing more productive things like studying. When you finally get through those 10 seasons, all you're left with is too much extra time and a horrible feeling of sadness. Below are some thoughts that we all have when the credits roll after the last episode of the series.

1. I feel like I just said goodbye to my BFFs.
A series of 10 seasons is made up of about 9,600 minutes. That's almost seven days of watching a show. That's like spending an entire week with someone... 24 hours a day.

There's no doubt that in that time you've all gotten so close. That's basically how I feel when I'm watching an intriguing Netflix series--I'm so emotionally involved in these characters' lives. And then one day it's just over and you have to say goodbye. That'll get you in your feels for sure.

2. Is it actually over?
I hate not knowing what comes next. Did they stay together forever? Did they have any kids? What are they doing now? Are they still happy? It's great when a show ends and everyone is on track to live "happily ever after," but do they really? Wow. I'm in denial that a show ever actually ends.

3. Do I follow the actors on all forms of social media?
If not, I'm definitely following them now. Gotta keep up with them--they are my best friends, remember? Plus, there's no better satisfaction than seeing the actors being friends after a show has ended. Downside to this: Most couples from the TV show aren't couples in real life... that's heartbreaking af.

4. Everything--literally everything--reminds you of the show.
That cup of coffee I had this morning did it...I mean, they always drank coffee on the show. My mom has the same color hair as my favorite female lead...damn I really miss her. And I definitely won't go to a basketball game anytime soon--haven't been to one of those since the second to last episode. I think I just need to crawl in bed and cope with this heartbreak.

5. WTF am I supposed to do now?
Holy free time...and no idea what to do with it. Maybe I should study or spend some time with my family. I could probably use a good night's sleep--haven't had one of those in a while. Maybe I should start a new Netflix series, but no matter how hard I try, nothing will ever be as good as the one I just finished. Decisions, decisions.

It was the worst break up of your life. Finally, the heartbreaking feeling you've had starts to go away. Your happiness is coming back, and you have an idea--I'll just start the series over--I've already seen every episode three times, why not make it four? And all is good in the world again...that is, until the last episode is over.

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Make Your Procrastination Work for You

Use this simple trick to break the procrastination habit.

I'm a master procrastinator--and I know a lot of my friends are just like me. In college, I would just barely make a deadline, and would always say to myself, "Next time, I'm starting early and doing it right." Yeah, right.

It never failed: I'd spend most of my time avoiding the work and then in the 11th hour, I'd kick into overdrive and get everything done, finishing at the last minute. But I wouldn't have time to check or edit my papers, making it obvious it wasn't my best work.

Does this sound familiar? Well, it's pretty common to procrastinate. And it's not just because of laziness--it's because procrastinators function differently. We like to work. We enjoy putting the effort in. But we need the urgency that comes with a looming deadline.

I tried a bunch of things to change how I work, based on studies and research and a some other fancy stuff like that. But they didn't work. Because I couldn't just change who I was and how I did things. Then one of my friends told me that he also used to struggle with procrastination, until he discovered the best way to put his procrastination to work for him, using one simple trick.

Here it is: Set earlier personal deadlines. That's right, don't try to change your workflow or your mental chemistry. Accept it and use it to your advantage. Need to feel the deadline breathing down your neck? Perfect. Create your own deadlines well in advance of the real deadline. Put them in your calendar, write them down on Post-Its and stick them to your laptop. But make sure it's not just a toothless deadline, give them some strength. Make them public, tell others--or my favorite, treat yourself if you make it. That way you'll start thinking of them as real deadlines. And, worse case scenario, if you end up missing your personal deadline, you'll still have some time to finish before the real one comes, especially since (hopefully) you've already started your work.

This trick helped me tremendously during my junior and senior year, and should help you, too--unless you decided to put off reading this article until right before you deadline. If so, you'll just have to promise yourself you'll start early and do it right next time.

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I Procrastinated Writing This're doing it right now, aren't you?

You have to get toilet paper because you know any flush now, those paper towels you've been using will bring disaster. But you tell yourself you'll do it later.

You have to do laundry but buy new underwear instead.

You go on just for a quick second....

You have an assignment due, and of course, you left it until the last week and have to pull an all-nighter fueled by adderall, junk food, and endless sourcing from Wikipedia, your cop out of a saving grace. All of this to complete an assignment in 48 hours, that you had four weeks to do.

You hate yourself and promise to never do it again. But you end up in the same position over and over again. Don't feel alone. We all do it. It's not just you.

My life right now. The book is due December 1st. #deadline #procrastination #procrastinate #lastminute

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Sometimes procrastination comes full circle. You start watching motivational YouTube videos. How Bad Do You Want It by Eric Thomas, that speech Sylvester Stallone gives to his son in Rocky Balboa about "life beating you till you're on your knees," and don't forget Will Smith's semi lame, but a little uplifting, speech about not letting anyone tell you that you can't become whatever you want in life from the movie Pursuit of Happyness.

For a while you feel energized. You're like, 'Yeah man, I can do anything, I'm gonna achieve all my dreams, I'm not gonna let my life waste away, blah, blah, blah.' So you watch another of these "inspirational" videos. Then another. Then another. Until you're finally out of videos with a million views. So you let your standards slide a little, watching one with only a few hundred thousand views... then maybe 20,000 views... It all goes downhill from here. This is what I like to call procrastinating from procrastinating. Which is way worse than plain old procrastinating because you're deceiving yourself. You're telling yourself you're not procrastinating, when you actually are.

Most of the things you procrastinate from doing are easy, or simple. But you just avoid doing it because starting seems like such a difficult task. As if it's the end of the world. Seriously, getting up to go and wash the dishes appears to take so long when really all it takes is 2 minutes. That's half of your favourite song.

There are many ways to get out of this procrastinating cycle, and most of them follow along the lines of: Just f*ckin' do it! Let's talk about the Two Minute Rule. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) If anything on your list of procrastination tasks takes less than two minutes, just do it the minute you think of it. Literally, that's half your favorite song.

Another rule I like to follow re: procrastination on tasks that take longer than two minutes: start now. You need an internship? Start now. Getting started is usually the hardest part of most things. They say 80 percent of success is just about showing up. (Who says that, anyway?) So show up and start. You wanna get an internship somewhere, but fear how long applications are gonna be? Just start now with a small email introduction.

If you still can't pull out of procrastination station, (Seriously, stop. This a legit post) just break up you job into smaller, more manageable pieces. Making a To-do list, dividing your essay up into introduction, body and conclusion, splitting up the dirty dishes into plates, bowls and cutlery--all of this helps you think of the task in a different way, and then bang it out like nobody's business.

I'll leave with you with this little gem by a certain Marthe Troly-Curtin: "Time you enjoy wasting is not time wasted." Well, Miss Troly-Curtin, I have news for you. It is wasted. I would love to sit at home all day and watch movies. Unfortunately, if I stayed at home and watched the whole Twilight saga all day, I would miss out on a lot of money that I can't afford. So no, time I enjoy wasting is certainly time wasted.

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Miracle Drug Helps You Get Your Ass Off Insta and Start Studying (Video)

Procrastinex may cause ugliness, but will help you get shit done.

Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram at 2 a.m. instead of writing that 25-page paper that is due at 8 a.m.? Don't worry, we all have. Luckily, there's a brand new drug that will help stop procrastination so you can start getting shit done: Procrastinex!

Jk jk jk. This "miracle" drug is just a dream conceptualized by U Penn student Chaz Smith and his friends. Watch the parody video above to dream a little dream with me.

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How Big Of A Procrastinator Are You?

Don't lie to yourself.

It happens to all of us. You have shit to get done, but every bone in your body is telling you to keep hitting snooze and stay in bed another 10 minutes, as if that would even make a difference.

We all have procrastinated at some time or another, some more than most. Take this quiz and you'll figure out if you have your shit together or not: