The best thing about procrastination is that there are no rules. There is no structure or end goal, but rather it’s simply a way to pass time and let your mind wander. We often feel guilty about procrastination because it feels like we’re wasting time that should be spent doing something more productive. Well fortunately, there is a solution. It’s called productive procrastination, and the idea is that you procrastinate one task by productively working on another essential task. It’s the ultimate win-win scenario!
For those of you looking to make better use of your procrastination efforts, here are the top 5 ways to productively procrastinate:
Between work, your social life, and the basic life requirements of adulting, it can be easy to let your apartment go for a few too many weeks. The crumbs in your carpet and dust on your shelves are basically begging you to take a break and clean them. And while you’re at it, you might as well continue with laundry, scrubbing bathroom, and cleaning every other nook and cranny in your space. Besides, you’ll probably be more productive without all of that mess cluttering your thoughts
Procrastinorganizing is a surefire way to get your focus and motivation back on track. For instance, you could finally go through that old box of junk hidden away in the back of your closet that you forgot about until just now. While you’re at it, you might as well re-organize every article of clothing you own into size, style, material, and color order. And of course, your efforts would not be complete without setting up a new system of organization for your extensive collection of mismatched jewelry.
This one is my personal favorite. I have this weird habit that when I commit to cooking a particular meal (and buy all of the ingredients), I have to follow through no matter what time I get home. So even if it’s 8 pm and the baked zucchini lasagna won’t be prepped, cooked, consumed, and cleaned up for another maybe oh, three to four hours or so, I always follow through on my cooking goals! Procrasticooking is the ultimate way to relax, build your skills at cooking, and strengthen your instagram/snapchat game with delicious food pics. And even with the busiest schedule, you have to eat at some point!
You know that feeling when your body is finally revolting after days, or weeks (or months), of not exercising? Yeah, it’s the worst. All guilt aside, too much sitting is actually detrimental to your health by putting you at higher risk for fatal diseases (BRB running to the gym right now). [It would simply be irresponsible to sit one more minute in front of your computer attempting to finish the homework you started a few hours ago. Instead, work on your fitness, whatever that means to you, and then take another stab at your assignment later with the confidence that your physical health is just as strong as your academic health.]
How often to we use the excuse that we can’t meet for coffee or even take ten minutes to call the important people in our lives because we’re “too busy?” Let’s be real, you’ll probably end up on Facebook anyways, but the benefits of real conversations are incomparable to what you uncover through Facebook stalking. If you’re going to waste time anyways, waste time with the people that matter most. Few things in this world are better than genuine friendship, and the time you put towards it is true productivity.