Oh, procrastination… AKA what I am doing right now.
I feel like procrastination is a the official language of graduate school. I’ve been in school for 17 years without a break, so I choose to take my “breaks” when I still have work to do. However, at least when I do procrastinate, I do it well. Here are a few of my favorite ways to procrastinate. If you adopt one of these habits/are already a faithful practicer, feel free to let me know so that I can support you!
- Watching reality tv.
This is true, I love reality television… especially the bad stuff. The stuff that everyone says is so “poorly acted” or fake, I love. I block out the time each week in my planner for The Bachelor, Teen Mom, Survivor, and (most recently) The Voice. Like I literally make myself unavailable for those hours. While I will not say that Survivor and The Voice are bad, The Bachelor and Teen Mom can be kind of crazy. However, I do think it is important for everyone to have some way to escape reality, and what better way than to watch love-struck women gawking over the same man or girl fights/name calling.
- Watching game shows.
You might think, couldn’t I have grouped this with reality tv? No, because I have a special place in my heart for game shows. I love playing along and realizing the answers before the actual contestants and knowing I could have played better. Plus, some of these shows are only 30 minutes, making it a milder form of procrastination.
- Online shopping.
Now, this might sound like it could become quite a problem for my bank account, considering just how often I procrastinate. But, I love going through stores, picking out what I want, even going as far as to look for promo codes, and then exiting out of the window. It almost feels like I went shopping without having to walk around a bunch of stores/try things on.
- Social Media.
I spend countless hours a week on Facebook and Instagram. I am not a huge Twitter-fan just because I think people on Twitter are nowhere close to who they are in real life. This is an area that I will try to get away from in the coming weeks because it is such a waste of time, but it is definitely something that I do now.
I love cooking and I love making all kinds of baked goods. I also waste a good deal of time on Pinterest looking for new creations, which adds to the length of the process. There is something extremely satisfying about people enjoying the things you make, and I love the process too. One of my recent favorites is the Pumpkin Bread in my last post, but I love making Almond Poppyseed Bread, all cookies, and muffins.
Whether it is reading other people’s blogs or writing posts for my own, it does take quite a bit of time and effort. Formatting pictures, making new backgrounds, formatting the site itself, and coming up with topics all take time. Plus, I don’t want to post about things that other people won’t find interesting, so it takes time to go through and eliminate “boring” topics.
- Going through ALL of the pictures on my phone/computer.
I love taking pictures and I love reflecting on them at the worst times. Although I have gotten worse about taking pictures of meaningful moments, I love looking at “throwbacks”. Then I get mushy and nostalgic and end up reaching out to the people in my pictures. It is good for the soul but not good for the schedule.
- Reading that ISN’T required.
For some reason I am more inclined to read books for pleasure when I have a lot on my plate. It tends to make these books even better when I don’t have a deadline or a discussion post, essay, or reflection to write about them.
- Working Out.
I also find myself more inclined to work out when I have a lot to do that day. Sometimes I use this time to watch my reality tv or game shows, which I consider to be a smart move, because at least I am working out while doing it. I love group workout classes when I have more time or just going downstairs to the gym in my apartment when I am busier.
- Calling home.
I never realize just how long I end up talking to my parents and sister when I call home. I’ll think it has been a few minutes and it ends up being an hour. It is such a beneficial and enjoyable way to procrastinate, and it is probably my favorite!