Wednesday, 24 September 2014

How to: Procrastinate

    I often think of myself as the Queen of Procrastination-although i'm not 100% sure if i'm proud of that title.In an effort to educate the rest of you that might struggle in this department, I thought i'd come up with a list of my favourite procrastination activities.

I present to you
 Milimal's Top 5 Procrastination Activities

1: Procrastibaking: I have mentioned on several occasions (here, for example) my love for baking-paricularly when I have an exam or assignment due the next day. The fact that this activity is both entertaining and rewarding makes it an all time favourite.

2: Binge watching a television show: If I were to list all my talents (I have very few, mind you), binge watching would be at the top of the list. Last year I successfully watched the first season of 'The Mindy Project' a few days before an important lab report was due and last semester I binge watched all seasons of 'The O.C.' during the two weeks leading up to exams. I'm not proud of it, but hey, not many people can say they have achieved the same while still getting relatively good grades!

3: (Re)Reading Harry Potter: When things get particularly stressful, I go old school and pick up my tattered copies of Harry Potter (all seven books I must add). There is something particularly comforting about reading 'Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.', for the 50th time. Also, on recommendation from a friend, I discovered the audio books read by Stephen Fry-those are reserved for special occasions when your eyes are super tired from sitting in front of a screen, seven hours straight, trying to write about the advantages and disadvantages of dimensional classification of psychoses. Plus, you can never go too wrong with Harry Potter to distract you when you are freaking about how you have to research and write 1000 more words in a few hours.

4: Online 'shopping': Now, as a student, I cannot afford to purchase everything that lands up in my shopping cart. However, it is still satisfying to place items, no matter how ridiculous( Hey, I COULD pull off that tie dye shirt, I mean 90s fashion is so in right now!), into that virtual shopping cart. Plus, online shopping is sort of like reading a magazine. Minus all the articles.

5: YouTube: The amount of work i'd get done if I stopped falling into the YouTube video black hole. 'What's in my bag' videos are my nemesis-I could watch those all day. Plus the cute dog videos. And Ellen Degeneres videos. And the Jimmy Fallon lip sync battles (my favourite is the one with Stephen Merchant and Joseph Gordon Levitt). SO MANY VIDEOS, SO LITTLE TIME!

And as a cheeky bonus,

6: This post: This post was conceptualised and written when I was supposed to be writing an important lab report. But, I enjoy writing, and it's constructive, so it's not entirely a waste of time. Plus, I'm getting rid of my essay writers block-aren't you supposed to just write whatever comes to you when you can't write about a particular topic!

There you have it, my top 5 procrastination activities. I'm not proud (okay, maybe just a little bit) but as long as you get your work done (eventually..five minutes before it's due) there's no harm in having a little fun. What do you like to do when you have that important exam/assignment worth 60% of your grade that you are so underprepared for?

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