Shortcutting… Procrastination

15 May

I am a regular procrastinator, always looking for something to do instead of what I’m meant to be doing. But sometimes, I just can’t find anything distracting enough, resulting in me actually having to do something important – a truly troubling predicament. In order to prevent the same fate from befalling you, I have attempted to compile an extensive lists of quick and easy ways to fall deep under the spell of procrastination.

  1. Start a blog! You probably have one already seeing as you’re reading this but if not, go for it! It’s a great thing to do whenever you have (or haven’t) got time.
  2. Take up a musical instrument. I never practise my guitar more than when I have something better to be doing.
  3. Get a blackberry. You will become a slave to the red flashing light.
  4. Put a good source of food in a different room. That way you’ll have to keep getting up to get more.
  5. Get Facebook, or better still, get Twitter. With Twitter you don’t even need friends.
  6. Start watching t.v. shows online (I’d recommend Lost – super addictive!).

I hopes these suggestions help you in your quest to put off the important things for as long as possible. It’s not always easy to lose concentration but keep trying and it’ll get easier and easier.

It is interesting to note that this year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony (an event which honours “achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think”) awarded a prize to Professor John R. Perry of Stanford University for his essay on procrastinating productively (a bit of a paradox but hey), his advice being to procrastinate by doing less essential but still important tasks in lieu of something more important. I feel his words are not quite in the true spirit of procrastination, seeing as how he is trying to be productive and all, but for getting this noble art into the press I applaud him.

And to finish, while attempting to procrastinate, always keep in mind the old Spanish proverb: “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” Let us strive to keep it that way.

Keep shortcutting…

Zoe

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2 Responses to “Shortcutting… Procrastination”

  1. uksuperiorpapers May 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    When is procrastination just a cover word for being lazy or the fact that you just don’t want to do something…?

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