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Productive procrastination

Productive procrastination

The title does sound a little self-contradictory, but it really isn’t! Our general understanding of procrastination is probably lazing around, chatting to friends, scrolling through Facebook or binge watching a Netflix series.

Actually, procrastination is simply the avoidance of doing one task. This avoidance can take the form of watching TV, sure, but it can also be doing smaller tasks on your to-do list.

Tasks that don’t require a lot of brainpower to let your mind rest and release stress, which means you’ll study better in the long-run. 

When we’re productive, we do feel a sense of accomplishment and achievement. One negative thing about procrastination is that we usually feel bad when we get back to studying, we feel like we just wasted three hours on Facebook and our mood drops.

There’s a great way to avoid this and it’s called productive procrastination! 

Next time the study seems to be too much and you find yourself getting easily distracted by funny cat videos, try procrastinating with a productive activity.

This can be light chores like washing the dishes, doing laundry or even making your bed.

Alternatively, it can be more academic procrastination. Maybe focus on a different assignment or take a break to look at different resources, think outside of the box.

Perhaps you need a snack, but make sure to stay away from the artificial sugar and don’t have anything too heavy on the digestion. A refreshing smoothie is a great choice to reward yourself with by taking a sip every time you finish a sentence or two.

Take a brisk walk, listen to some of your favorite tunes, wake yourself up and get some fresh air. It’s the best way to procrastinate! 

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