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 www.ishouldbeworking.com and try out some of these ideas on how to Productively Procrastinate:
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.
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.