More often than not, students tend to be typecast by their expertise in procrastination – I am living proof of this. But what if we could challenge the negative stigma attached to procrastination and transform it into something positive? In delaying the progress of one particular task, you offer yourself the opportunity to make headway in another endeavour.
Here are 5 ways to stay productive while trying to procrastinate:
- Organize your workspace:
The best thing you can do for yourself, is take those dirty dishes down to the kitchen, and sort through that perpetually growing pile of papers. There’s no better feeling, in my opinion, than sitting down at an uncluttered desk, ready to tackle that term paper, and knowing exactly where to look for that term paper outline.
- Plan out your week in advance:
This might mean allocating specific hours of the day to work on particular assignments or duties (e.g. 9:30-10am: breakfast, 10-12pm: work on CMNS paper, 12-1:30pm: [literal] Netflix and chill… etc.) or simply looking at your calendar on a month-to-month basis and penciling in important events and deadlines. At the start of each year, I used to make the exciting trip to buy my $15 agenda, only to find that I would stop using it 3-4 weeks into the semester. Now, I use my iCalendar since it easily syncs events and reminders to my iPhone (shoutout to technology).
Wait, what? I don’t mean ditching that group assignment to hit the clubs on a Wednesday night (even though group projects have probably made us all want to at some point). I’m referring to socializing in terms of networking – establish and develop those long-lasting connections. Surround yourself with your peers and other individuals who inspire you. Also, get involved and attend events that will assist you in your professional development.
- Work on your online portfolio:
This won’t be the last time you hear that recruiters are now turning to online platforms in search of their next potential employees. While it’s important to maintain and curate your social media profiles (especially if they are set to public), having your own personal website to act as a hub where HR professionals can access all your work samples will make you a more competitive candidate.
Friends of mine who see this blog post will laugh at the fact that of all people, I am the one suggesting that reading is a way to productively procrastinate (the only readings I do are assigned readings). In all seriousness though, reading is undoubtedly one of the best and simplest ways to expand your knowledge and vocabulary. With that improved capability, tackling that term paper that’s due at midnight (note, I am not advocating leaving things to the last minute) is going to be a breeze.