It’s the middle of October, which means that our papers, presentations, and midterms are piling up. So what do we do? Well, what do I do? I Netflix, all day every day, except for the short period of time that it takes me to get out of my bed and walk to the kitchen and start eating. My face right now is the face of productivity. Unce unce unce unce.
1. Make and eat food.
Listen. You’re human. I’m human. We’re both human. You know what humans have to do? EAT. So let me ask you a very human question: are you hungry right now? If yes, make and eat some food. If no, FALSE. You are hungry. Make and eat some food. Go on, you deserve it. You’ve been working hard for a long time. Look at all of the reading you have been doing on the internet. What a chore.
See, this is my favorite kind of procrastinating because it’s almost like you’re being productive. I mean, you’re going to have to eat eventually anyway, right? May as well do it now, while your brain isn’t quite functioning yet and you need some fuel to get started.
2. Learn unrelated subject matter.
Again, I like to procrastinate in ways that make it feel like I’m being productive. So what do I do? I watch documentaries on Netflix. If you want to learn something cool from a Michael Moore documentary today, I’m your girl. If you want me to explain something that we learned two weeks ago in class, you’re better off reading your notes. Sorry. I’m not exactly an ideal student sometimes.
3. Read notes from my class that I already know.
The number one way to fall into a study trap is to reread the material that you already know. It makes you feel good because you think that you’re all ready for the exam when you’re only focused on one or two chapters. It’s a nice ego-boost when you’re feeling anxious, but ultimately, it’s just another great way to procrastinate.
All this aside though, dig into your class material and you rock those papers / presentations / midterms. The little potato believes in you.
How do you procrastinate?
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