January 19, 2015, by Gemma Coleman
How to procrastinate
Being in my second year of university, I like to think of the art of procrastination as a key skill of mine. My Mastermind specialist subject if you will. The secret, of course, is making it guilt-free. Some search for years to find this sense of enlightenment, but unfortunately not everyone makes it past the Facebook binge phase. So here’s a quick guide to productive procrastination. Put that on your CV.
- Plan the next day’s revision: This is my favourite one. My procrastination go-to. I like to devote a considerable amount of my time to writing out a study plan for the next day, because technically that’s working. The key is making it as unrealistic as possible: 7am start? No problem. 15-minute breaks? Pfft, I could do 10. The more unrealistic, the better you feel when you look at it and think, “Tomorrow, I am going to achieve so much”.
- Exercise: Going for a run, doing a bit of yoga or dragging yourself to the pool is golden during exam week. You can’t feel bad for it because healthy body, healthy mind and all that. And it gets you away from your desk.
- Bubble bath: If you’ve just executed point number 2, then this one is a necessity anyway. And it’s not just for girls as my male flatmate consistently demonstrates: he likes to kick back with a couple of bath bombs, an Ipod loaded with Enya and a glass of Baileys. Bliss.
- Pacing up and down/wandering aimlessly from room to room: Because clearly this counts as exercise. And if you mutter facts you’ve revised to yourself, you look like a manic genius.
- Read this blog: Yes, I know what you should be doing instead!