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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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:

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Productive Things To Do This Summer Instead of Being Bored

Ditch Insta stalking for a new hobby or skill.

Even if you have a summer job or internship, you likely have a lot of free time in between shifts. Summer is great for chilling out, but lounging around watching Netflix for three months gets old. When boredom hits, here are some ideas on how to stay busy and feel productive.

Learn how to cook.
Or, if you can already cook, learn new recipes! If you're past the dining plan stage of college and you have a kitchen at school, you'll thank yourself next semester when you can whip up something good for dinner super quick. Being armed with a handful of recipes, and the skills to make them, will ease the frustration of coming home hungry after a long day and not knowing what to eat. Plus, it's easier to eat healthy when you cook for yourself - stop buying greasy burgers and eat at home!

Get in shape.
It's easy to fall into bad habits during the carefree summer months - sleeping til noon, laying around checking Tumblr for hours, going out for ice cream a bit too often - so challenge yourself to stay active and healthy by getting into an exercise routine. If you're a newbie to working out, start by researching different fitness routines and determining what kinds of workouts you enjoy most.

Do some freelance work.
Apply for a freelance job or two to make a few extra dollars, or at the very least, for resume-boosting experience. There are so many different options, like being a freelance writer, graphic designer, website builder, social media manager - whatever your talent may be, there's probably a market for it somewhere. There are tons of outlets for finding freelance work - I recommend searching the Reddit subreddits: r/forhire and r/hireawriter. Or, ya know, writing for FlockU.

Stock up on fall and winter wardrobe essentials.
Future you will be stoked that your wardrobe is ready for the fall semester. Hit the mall and go shopping for cold-weather items that are on sale. Nobody else is out looking for last season's sweaters, so go get em!

Be an alcohol snob.
No one has time to be picky about their drinks in college, you just drink whatever's in the keg, or the cheapest bottom-shelf vodka with soda. So use your free time to find interesting cocktail recipes, try new brands of your favorite liquors, and discover new craft beers. Volunteer to be the mixologist or bartender for your friends so that you'll have a better go-to than Natty Light next semester.

Discover new music.
Finding things to keep all those summer nights interesting can be hard. Take a few nights to skip getting trashed at the bar where you're a regular, and check out cheap local concerts. If you're in a super small town without much of a music scene, look around for coffee shops with open mic nights to see some truly local talent.

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The Five Types of Procrastination

Meet your five personal time thieves

None of us are strangers to procrastination, and if you say you are, then you're a dirty rotten liar. Let's be honest for like two minutes, we all have those days where anything important is treated as if it simply doesn't exist. Nothing personal, just business, or lack of business... Just like there are different types of people, there are also different types of procrastination. I'm not an expert or anything, but I've noticed that these are the most relevant in both my life and those around me.

The Initial Attempt - This is when you get home and that smart part of your brain has control for like 3.2 seconds. Long enough for you to actually get your work out as if you were going to start it. It's called the initial attempt, because the only attempt you gave towards doing your work was when you took it out of your backpack.

Gradually Slacking - Actually doing work but increasingly paying attention to social media. This one seems to be my favorite. It occurs whilst in the middle of actual work. It's like distractions are trying to wean you off of your focus. The gradual procrastination is when one is actually doing something productive *gasp*, but the longer they sit there, engrossed in their work, the less engrossed they become with their work.

Nonexistent Thought - This is when you are completely oblivious to the fact that you have things to do. Not a single thought is given to responsibility, to-do-lists, or a syllabus. Not even a half-thought. ( I have yet to perfect this type of procrastination).

Distracting Bliss - This one is my personal favorite. This is doing anything or everything instead of what is supposed to be done. For example, the night before a paper is due, cleaning your room instead, and then color-coding your closet, then organizing the fridge...

Timely Manner - This one is very common. It's mostly used when someone is engrossed in something other than their work and are trying to put a time limit on their distractions. 'Just 5 more minutes and I'll get off SnapChat.' 'After this 45-minute show is over, I'll get off Netflix,' and so forth.

These are all the procrastinations that I've noticed, hopefully I won't acquire anymore skills in this particular art. Until next time.

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Bored? Me Too

Why is there never anything to do?

Recently, a lot of my decisions and actions have felt very blah. I think sophomore slump came early. So, to keep from falling further into my pit of complacency, I've decided to mix things up this summer.

I can imagine a lot of students returning home for the summer or starting summer semester will find themselves in a similar predicament, especially when binge-watching shows becomes old news. Here's some ways to switch things up.

1. Take a new route to class or work.
For some reason, I've been taking the same route to work for the last year. No wonder I'm bored. I would suggest leaving early enough to take the scenic route or make a few random turns here and there. Just try not to get too lost. We still want to get to class on time.

2. Explore your town more.
If you're at school, get off campus. A different environment is a great way to get out of a slump. There's so much to see in the town that your home for four years. Even if you've lived in the same town for years, there's bound to be something new going on. The beauty of being away for college is that when you return, you get to rediscover your hometown.

3. Step out of your eatery comfort zone.
It may not seem like a lot, but believe it or not, changing where you stop for breakfast or lunch makes a difference. Food keeps you going and new options keep you from getting bored. Whether you're on campus or off campus, take a group of friends and go look for new options. It makes for a fun day outing.

4. Do anything out of the ordinary.
Repetition has given me horrible writer's block. Switching to expressing myself in a different medium, even drawing stick figures on my notebooks, has helped. If you're on campus this summer, take a class that has nothing to do with your major. Do volunteer work. If you're home and think your options are more limited, do something silly like going to the movie theater in the morning. Study a new language or brush up on an old one. Do something crazy and before you know it, you'll be out of your slump.

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Things All College Students Should Know, Part 1

Tips on managing time and being productive.

1. Procrastination doesn't pay.

Start your work early so you have the opportunity to get help from a professor, tutor, or TA if you hit a wall.

2. Every Sunday or Monday, make a rough sketch of how you're allotting your time for the week.

Set weekly goals, and make sure they're realistic.

3. Likewise, set daily goals, and every morning make a list of everything you plan to accomplish.

Once it's written down, do your best to stick to it.


4. Put things on a calendar so you always know what your schedule is and aren't taken by surprise.

As soon as you find out about projects, meetings, and events, throw them on your calendar so that you're always prepared.

5. Make use of all the time you can.

Study while riding a train or bus, while standing in line at Starbucks, or while waiting if you're early to class or a meeting.


6. When you're so tired that you are no longer productive, go to bed.

At that point, whatever you're doing will take three times longer than if you save it for the next day when you're more awake.

7. Set a time limit for indulgences like mindlessly scrolling through Facebook and binge-watching Netflix.

Sometimes you just have to get those distractions out of your system, and that's OK. Just make sure you don't waste all your time on them!

8. When it's time to get work done, put the distractions away.

Silence your phone, and close all social media tabs on your computer. Out of sight, out of mind.