Productive Procrastination

By Mona Malacane

We all do it. I don’t believe you for a second if you say that you don’t. We know we shouldn’t and we hate ourselves every time we do … but we do it anyways. Sometimes it isn’t even intentional! But let’s be honest, most of the time it is. Procrastination. It can be deadly when used incorrectly, but fear not everyone! I have come up with a list of ways to productively procrastinate (oxymoron much?). So if you must dawdle, try one of these tasks instead of Pinterest, Facebook, or some other addictive internet site.


My number one go-to procrastination break is cleaning. Like everything.


Follow that lit-review rabbit hole in Google Scholar. You know you’ve clicked next page even though the articles on page 6 have nothing to do with your original search … But maybe the next page will!

just one more

When was the last time you updated your CV? Or your LinkedIn? Better add that lecture you gave in Spring 2013 before you forget …


Organize … everything. Which, if you’re wondering, is very different from cleaning.

Yes, it can be extremely addicting.

Yes, it can be extremely addicting.

Bake! But something easy, quick, and to share so you don’t feel like it’s a complete waste of time because others will be indulging as well.

Bonus points if you can get a friend to join you.

Bonus points if you can get a friend to join you.

One word: sporcle.

It's addictive.

It’s addictive.

Online shopping. Because that Christmas list isn’t going to buy itself and who wants to “waste time” going to the mall?

Still counts because you're working out your fingers.

Still counts because you’re working out your fingers.

Keep searching for other classes to take next semester. Because the perfect amount of workload is out there … If you search hard enough.


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